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Oct 21, 2012 8:00am EDT
years as president of the united states. and time after time he and his administration came whether it was the recovery act when he came here just a month after he was sworn in to ft. myers, fl r florida, helping our teachers, our police officers, our firefighters make sure that we stabilize the economy that is starting to come up now. that's the good news. again, less than a year later we had a massive oil spill,s as everyone knows in the gulf of mexico. yet again, president obama was here helping the sunshine state. helping florida. this is a guy who has really reached across the aisle, was truly bipartisan, wanted to help people because we were in a time of need. >> you know, governor, i talked to a lot of voters in my time here and many who voted for president obama last night time, and they expressed some hesitation, some disappointment, they're looking around. you know, the economy is starting to come back but unemployment is still higher here than the national average, in the epicenter of the foreclosure crisis. why shouldn't people look at the president and say you should ha
NBC
Oct 7, 2012 8:00am EDT
our gas prices in the united states rising, the elections here in oil-rich ve venezuela takes on importance. at 6:00 a.m. the polls opened here and in this country twice the size of california there will be a 90% voter turnout today. venezuela is the fourth largest supplier of oil to the united states. and this kun are try has the largest oil reserves in the world. how different are things here because of that? wul into a gas station in venezuela and it takes less than $3 to fill up an empty suv. oil production in venezuela has dropped 30% in the last decade, one reason for our higher gas prices. oil industry experts say president hugo chavez, who has been no friend to the united states, has failed to invest in the oil industry that he nationalized in the early 2000s. challenging chavez is 40-year-old who is energetic and some say the sexy candidate. a sign that folks here feel the vote could be close and perhaps contested, grocery stores have been mopped as if residents are preparing for a hurricane. families are stalking up fearful that over election results there could be some
NBC
Oct 31, 2012 2:05am EDT
wondering where the manliest city in the united states is -- >> it isn't here. sorry, guys, it ain't new york. >> they did the study and the way they narrowed it down, found the places with the most gyms, steakhouses, home depots and the ones with the least number of manicure and pedicure places and hair salons. here are the top five manliest cities in the united states of america. >> number five is birmingham, alabama. >> number four is nashville, tennessee. >> i love myself some nashville. >> number three. >> memphis, which is a lot like nashville. >> number two is columbia, south carolina. >> are you noticing a southern trend? >> yes. and number one, the manliest city in the country is, oklahoma city, oklahoma. >> wow. >> okay. there you have it. anything? >> my wife is from there. >> thank y for that. >> is she rather manly? >> no! no, i did not! i said my wife is from there. i was about to say, she knows manly men, that's why she chose me. >> why did she leave the manliest city in america to come to new jersey and marry you? >> because she wants the manliest man but in the most
NBC
Oct 26, 2012 7:00am EDT
you have somebody of your own race that you're proud of being president of the united states, i applaud colin for standing with him. >> reporter: still, mr. obama has his own speed bump to deal with. in an interview published in "rolling stone" magazine the president commented on the wisdom of children. his remarks, which some have interpreted as a dig at romney, included this quotation. you know, kids have good instincts. they look at the other guy and say, well, that's a bsier, i can tell. he said the comment occurred but during a casual interview during the interview. the campaign did not deny the campaign was referring to mr. romney and as competitive as ohio may be other states may be closer. a nbc news/"wall street journal"/marist poll show a close race in colorado with the two men tied at 48% and while nevada remains close the president is at the magic 50% mark. now, overnight the romney campaign had john sununu release a statement on what he said about colin powell. let me read it to you, matt. colin powell is a friend and i respect the endorsement decision he made, and
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Oct 24, 2012 9:00am EDT
. you went on to have a really great career of your own. >> well, i moved to the united states. let me tell you something though. ryan gosling is from my hometown of london, ontario, so we both moved to the united states, and i have been a broadcaster with abc and cbs, the networks, and you and all three of us have crossed paths many, many times, lived in new york, so we were competitors. oops. >> that's right. >> i remember. >> but now we're friends. so good to see you. >> great, great stuff. >> great to see you. >> he may have interviewed with talia, but he lifted me up. >> yes, he did. >> that's true. >> famously. >> i wasn't here that day. >> i was about to say natalie, that's the worst thing that happened. natalie missed that day of work. i knew you were going to bring that up. loves her some ryan gosling. >> yeah, he's dreamy. >> he is. >> goesling, by the way, is he the coolest guy going right now, him or clooney? >> i -- i'd go clooney. she would go ryan gosling. >> unless george is going to pick me up. >> i think a movie with ryan gosling and george clooney. >> and maybe a
NBC
Oct 30, 2012 7:00am EDT
now being blamed on the storm here in the united states. >> early estimates put the damage somewhere between $10 billion and $20 billion. that would make it one of the costliest storms in u.s. history, and more than 7 million people are now without power across the entire regions. >> hundreds of thousands of those outages are height here in new york city. lower manhattan hit by a record storm surge of 13 feet. it has flooded streets and the ground zero construction site. just look at the dramatic photo taken there overnight. >> some subway stations and tunnels are flooded as well. transit officials say the system has, quote, never faced a disas ter as devastating as this, end quote. during the height of the storm, the island of manhattan was virtually cut off with almost all of the major bridges and tunnels shut down. we've got the storm covered this morning. let's start with natalie morales in lower manhattan in battery park city. natalie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, matt. as we are just waking up, millions are to realize the full devastation the consequences and
NBC
Oct 30, 2012 7:00am PDT
the united states who did a magnificent job and fema who have really done some amazing early work to get us ready, but now the hard work will start. >> and, governor, you talked about the evacuations. do you have any sense of how many people may still be stranded this morning? do you have search and rescue efforts underway? >> we do have search and rescue efforts underway. we have mobilized 850 troops. they've been deployed throughout the state. we have a number of regional teams as well as others that are responding. they'll start to come back. you know, we're going door to door, house to house making sure people are okay, and that if they need our assistance at this point, we're making it available. we have thousands of people in shelters last night. certainly the hundreds of thousands of people obviously staying with friends or relatives elsewhere in connecticut. i'm very grateful to people of connecticut for responding. our municipal officials by and large did a magnificent job of preparatory to the storm so that handling the storm at its height was more manageable than we mig
NBC
Oct 27, 2012 2:05am EDT
where queen mattresses start at just $699. >>> from nbc news this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb. from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >>> all right, it's been a very long week, hasn't it? but you have made it to tri-day friday, hoda woman. it's october 26th. we're so happy you're with us today. >> i have a lot of chest showing, i'm noticing. >> on you, honey, it looks good. modest and slim for tonight. she likes to think ahead. never thinks through, but she thinks ahead. >>> all right, so we've talked about the subject before, but in restaurants people often have their cell phones, movie theaters, broadway shows, by the way, at your broadway show, ring, ring, i heard two. >> i know. >> happens, happened to us too. >> it happens. i got to fix that on my phone. i put it on off. >> that's what you claim. it happened the other day at rehearsal. i said i just turned the dang thing off. >> allegedly. >> dang, dang, dang. >> they have these things now -- oh! your name came up. >> okay. anyway, here's what you do in restaurants. they have a cell lockup. you lock your cell here in this cell thing, it's locked. now you can't get your cell phone out. >> until when, hell freezes over, when? >> set a timer. britt, please, call again. listen to my ring. let's forget all this. i love my ring. listen. very cool. it says britt. britney's calling. no one calls me. >> there's no room on the table for the bread, much less this thing. >> maybe it's where you would check your coat. anyway, it seemed like a good idea at the time. >> terrible idea. >> plastic and it's not great. >> who wants to program one more thing in your life? just turn it off, if you're able to on your phone. if you're having lunch with somebody that is not worth being interrupted for, you got to get new friends. >> i agree. >> you know what i mean? >> i have to say, even when people are texting, when you're at a movie and the cell phone is on, the light is on and texting, for some reason your eyes are always drawn to it, you're trying to watch the movie or show. but it's distracting. >> i was big on all this stuff before, both my children are now of a sudden now gone in california, and i'm just so hesitant to be unreachable. >> yeah, always want to have your phone nearby. >> that sort of changed my whole thing. i do go over to gallagher's on occasion when nobody else is there and make phone calls in the corner, but nobody else is around. check your space. if you're going to be bothering people, somebody trying to get engaged next to you, don't ask somebody on the phone if they are coming to dinner on friday. do you know how clueless people are to check their space? >> they don't check it. >> no idea, they are clueless. >> or in line on the grocery store, yeah, yeah, lady checks them out. hold on a second. no, no, pay attention to the person. >> one store now that charges automatically rings up $3 extra if you're on your cell phone. i like it. >>> more importantly, sunday is national chocolate day. and so we thought we'd celebrate a little early. we won't be with you. thank you, godiva, for sending these absolutely gorgeous things. >> can i tell you something? >> these are chocolate. >> can i just say something? when i bite into chocolate, it is chemical. i can feel, seriously, i'm happier. this is so good. >> you start oozing endorphins. i can smell them from here. your endorphins. >> what are you talking about? >> apparently men are consuming chocolate more than ever. experts say they believe it's because they are doing what we women have been doing for years, comfort eating. >> comfort food. >> more and more men are stressed, bad economy, unemployment rising. >> i'm craving more and more lately mashed potatoes. anything comforting like that. >> more so than your beloved french fries? >> weird how a food gets into your system and it's chemical. >> when a guy's doing it and eating chocolate and craving it, it's weird. >> they are not pms-ing, so you wonder what's going on, right? >> yes, you do. >> they say men have some sort of an emotional cycle as well. >> i don't like talking about that. >> excuse me for boring you. >>> you'll love this. a 20-year-old girl from, i believe, south america, right? >> brazilian woman. >> catalina auctioned off her virginity. >> all the guys are looking. >> to a man -- we believe it's a man, a japanese gentleman. she auctioned her virginity to a man who paid $780,000 for her. she said she did it because she wanted the money to go to a charity in her hometown of brazil to rebuild homes and things. that's why i did it the first time. [ laughter ] made sense at the time. you know, you grow, you learn. you would do the same thing again. but back then -- ♪ ♪ like a virgin touched for the very first time ♪ >> you are crazy. >> anyway, she did it. circumnavigate the prostitution laws. it's going to take place aboard a plane. would you turn your phone off, woman? >> it's karen. she says she's watching. just so you know. she's watching us. >> flying some place between australia and the u.s. the young woman says the auction is just business. i'm a romantic girl at heart and believe in love, but this will make a huge difference to my area. not that area. although -- she's right twice. [ laughter ] and this is the best part, all of you romantics out there. the story will be turned into a documentary so we can all learn from this and our lives will be so much more meaningful. >> oh, my gosh. unbelievable. unbelievable. >> first of all, who believes that gorgeous girl is still -- >> she might be. she's 20. she might be. >> you were 12, right? what happened? >> that's awful. let's move on to the dirty magazine story. >> not those kind of dirty magazines. the kind at a doctor's office. where you're going to get healthy. guess what? all those magazines sitting there for what, six months? >> they have collected a lot of germs. >> think about the number of people who are ill at the doctor's office who are in the waiting room hacking and coughing into their sleeve like they are supposed to, but still on their hands, flipping the pages, put it down, you pick them up. some of them have the plastic thing, the shield, whatever that's about. wipe it down maybe. anyway, the germs are all over those nasty magazines. >> you and i, people who don't even think about germs, we're never sick around here. >> we don't care. we don't care about gross germs. >> all you, you know who you are. >> over here. >> all the time -- >> all they think about is purel and checking things and wiping it off, cleaning it. windexing it. >> we have something to say to you all, wipe this. >> all right, here's a question we have for you. if you've ever gone to get waxed downstairs or lasered, do you speak to the person doing it or do you sit quietly and hope it gets over with quickly? i'd like someone having a conversation. i don't like to sit there. >> what are you going to talk about, social security? >> anything, doesn't even matter. it's so painful, that you have to be talking about something. >> what do you talk to her about? >> doesn't matter. anything, because you're not thinking about it, because it really hurts. >> i thought you were getting lasered. >> lasered is painful. it's really painful. i'm just saying. it's never over. i've gone back probably -- i thought they said it was a five time -- i keep going back. it's never over. anyway, most people say they don't like talking. what about you? you don't do it. >> how do you know what i do? i just think god's way is the best way most of the time, if you know what i'm saying. if there wasn't a reason for that stuff, it wouldn't be there. >> stop trying to get rid of it >>> still looking for a halloween costume? bravo has a good idea. look like a real housewife. >> look at them there. i think that one's theresa. anyway, you can get the dress, wig, jewels. >> you have to make up your own accent depending on where those real housewives are from. it's $59.95 at shopatbravo.com. you have to bring your own booze and you've got to -- ♪ >> all right, kids. >> they rehearsed that three times. >> we have a costume contest, if you're in our neighborhood, come by on wednesday, halloween, come out to the plaza. we're looking for the best hallowe'en costumes. we're going to reveal our hallowe'en costumes. >> it's always a huge, huge day around here. we keep it very, very secret. lots of surprises. hopefully, that hurricane sandy will be -- what do i have? >> nothing. i thought you had something, you don't. >> you gave me the look. >> i i thought you did. you don't. >> you're good, you don't have it. >> my nose, my teeth? >> not yet. >>> should we talk to our girl? >> bobbie thomas! what do you got? >> i have fun new stuff. how many of us hate getting our nails done at the salon or painting them at home? then immediately when you're trying to wait for them to dry they get nicked? well, these are called nails in motion. you can see on my hands, they are little shields that you click on before you get your manicure. then after you're done, you turn them and these, i have to say, your nails do not hit. i tried them. they are amazing. >> what about when you're turning? >> it's got a guard inside. they are amazing, you can try them. >> i love it. >> oh, my gosh! >> another really smart invention by eyes, lips, face. see that, it's amazing, right? >> what's that? >> it's a shadow shield. you can hold it underneath to avoid getting all of the shadow down under your eyes. get raccoon eyes. it's perfect for halloween holiday season. this is a hot new launch. eyes, lip, face. >> do your eye makeup first? >> sometimes you want to get your concealer on and all that and do it last. if you put the powder on, you can mess up the blend on the edges. >> i was wondering about that. now i'm going to hold you to it. >> if you want to keep your glitter where it's supposed to be, these are by violent eyes, they are tattoo shadows for your eyes. you wet them after you cut and apply them but it's perfect shadow all on your eyes. they are very cool. all at klgandhoda.com. >> thank you, bobbie thomas. >>> i know you're dying for it, can't wait. it's kathie lee's friday funny! [ laughter ] thank you for the mercy laugh. from facebook fan, thank you so much. okay, a school girl comes home from school one day eating candy, when the mother asked where she got the candy, she says, bobby said he'd give me candy if i climbed the flag pole. hearing this time mother said to her daughter, honey, i do not want you to ever do that again! all bobby wants to do is see your underwear. the next day the girl comes home again eating candy. the mother scolds her, didn't i tell you never to do that again? how many times do i have to tell you? bobby just wants to see your underwear. to that, the little girl replies, i fooled you, i didn't wear any. [ laughter ] >>> country music star, who is here? >> martina mcbride. >> we love her! >> she's going to tell us what she's been singing about right after this. ♪ questions? anyone have occasional constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating? yeah. one phillips' colon health probiotic cap each day helps defend against these digestive issues with three strains of good bacteria. approved! [ phillips' lady ] live the regular life. phillips'. [ ball hitting paddle ] [ orbit girl ] don't let food hang around. yeah! [ orbit trumpet ] clean it up with orbit! [ orbit glint ] fabulous! for a good clean feeling. try new orbit micro packs. ♪ >>> it's a great song. four-time cma female vocalist of the year, martina mcbride, singing one of our favorite songs. "i'm going to love you through it." >> she has sold more than 18 million albums, including six number one songs. >> and we seem to have you at least once a year telling us about a number one song on the charts again. good to see you. you're in the middle of a big tour, right? >> we are. we're on a tour that kind of wraps up this next month, then we start our christmas tour. >> this song, "i'm going to love you through" was daring. because a lot of songs speak about illness in a certain way. you flat-out said the word breast cancer, have a lot of cancer survivors in your video. >> you're in it, hoda woman. >> i came in and played with you too. what's it feel like when you're up on stage singing this song? >> that's what attracted me to the song, it's honest and real and doesn't sugar coat anything. comes from a true story. when i'm on stage, it's emotional, you know, singing somewhere the other night and all of a sudden groups of people just started standing up and holding each other. >> spontaneously. >> because they related to the song. it's a very emotional song to sing live. >> i was just going to ask you about you. you've got three children. two of them are girls or all three? . all three girls. >> chance of it, 1 in 8 women now, going to be diagnosed with breast cancer. once you have your own daughter, you start thinking about those kinds of things as well. >> absolutely. what's it like for you to be on the road so much and be away from your kids, martina? it must kill you. >> my touring is -- we don't go out for weeks and weeks at a time, couple of days, maybe three days at the most. and sometimes my little 7-year-old comes with me, but it is hard. when they were little, they came with me everywhere. >> but once they are in school, yeah. >> that's been adjustment the last couple of years, especially once they got into high school. >> they don't want to go on the road anymore. they don't want to know your name. bye! >> do they listen to your music, are they into it? >> they are sweet about it. they do listen to it. they have some of it on their ipods and whatever. >> sure. >> they've got their favorites. >> you're nominated for another cma award. you're always nominated for something. it's interesting, there are new crops of singers that come and go, but you're always in the group. they have taylor swiss. miranda lambert. >> you're like the new reba. >> thank you. cross my fingers. still, you know, on the list this year. people say does that get old, are you kidding me? it's so amazing to be included. that's one of the toughest categories every year. >> it must be great when you tour, because you're inspiring women, especially with this song, but there are women who have organized groups and started fundraisers. >> as a result of a song you sang. >> absolutely. i've gotten into a group called team martina. which i'm really proud of. there they are. they have networked through the internet all over the united states and ended up -- they have a grant for t.j. martell in my name that they are raising money for. i think they are up to $23,000. >> you're kidding! >> it goes on from a song. from a story, one person's story. >> you really did a great thing with this song and your whole career. you always inspire us. >> next time you have to sing, sorry. >> next time we promise to bring tequila, that's her drink. >> i was wondering. >> sorry, sorry. >> that's the way we get through our shows. >> great to see you. >> good luck on the country music awards november 1nd. >>> get ready for the fuzzy photos that are going to make you say -- what the what? right after this. but today...( sfx: loud noise of large metal object hitting the ground) things have been a little strange. 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that's cute actually. that's adorable. >> that happened. better safe than sorry. next up, a photo from ellen jill from bluffton, ohio. he was going to go either way, criminal or a cop. we knew it was coming, here we go. >> i'd vote for him. >> another perfect last name for a job. elizabeth nelson from chicago, illinois. sent us this photo. got poop, we scoop. there is nothing on here that is not funny. number one in the number two business. 888-poop-watch. then the license kind of says it all, ruff job. >> that's great, that's great. >> i bet those people are fun in a cocktail party. >> do you know how distracted you'd be driving behind him? finally, tina palmer from newcastle, washington, submitted this photo. it wasn't such a happy halloween. >> that is great. that is perfect. perfect. let's leave it where it is. >> no, stop talking. it's perfect. and stop. >> hoda -- kathie lee -- >> focus. >> four in a row, honey. leave it at that. it's a bit of a miracle. >> if you have a picture, send it in. sara will look through it. send photos to klgandhoda.com. >> all righty, keep them guessing, everybody. we'll unlock secrets to being an ageless beauty. >>> and jill martin is going to help save you from embarrassment. >>> and artist tony bennett. >> tony bennett is here? >> after your local news. ♪ >>> we're back with today's style and everything you need in case of a fashion emergency. >> from a sippy cup for wine, shoes that go from day to night in a flash. jill martin is here with the goods. >> hello. i stole your purse. >> yes, you did. >> from your room. and in it next to the neck thing is a glass of wine. >> that is -- >> that's wine storage. can't dump it upsidedown, but if you go like this -- >> you have no idea. >> if you open it -- >> just pop it? >> yeah, when you open it, it's a wine glass. >> that is great. >> can you sip it? >> i am so excited! >> is that fantastic? scandalous? standalous. >> i love it, love it. >> $15. this is our idea of a fashion emergency. okay, these heels have reinvented themselves. they go chameleon heels from 1 1/2 inch to 3 1/4 inch. this is a nighttime look and then daytime. >> cool! here's the 1 1/2 inch, 3/4. >> pretty darn awesome. >> day to night? >> darn awesome. >> these are a way to design your own heels to customize your shoes. $88. you can pick your heel height and the width of your shoe. if you want a different permutation. >> did you say permutation? >> yes. $88, you can customize your shoes. >> this is a little mist and it will take off your nail polish. just put it on your nail. we were having sara model this. >> you don't have to do that. >> i will. it will take off all your nail polish. it's a mitt. this is funny, do you like my cuff bracelet? >> yes, very much. >> i'm out, i want to put my hair up, from goodies for $5. bracelets $5 to $10 and this is a necklace that becomes a headband. >> very cute! >> isn't that cute? >> goody always has good stuff. >> good for goody. >> showthis.com. 49 to $79. so i have a scarf on, i go to a concert. i need my glasses, where are they? i'm at "scandalous," where are my glasses? >> that's really smart. >> put lip gloss, keys. >> my pen. >> credit card. >> that's a great idea. >> doesn't look like there's stuff in there. >> isn't it great? and you can wear it also as a shawl. >> nice! >> then it comes with, for $10, the tch. >> you forgot your blush. >> okay, this i love. this is riseandhang.com. this is a suitcase that smooshes down, lift it up, then you're packed when traveling. >> carry on. >> isn't that fabulous? >> wow. that's really smart. >> isn't that great? >> who wants to put stuff in drawers anyway? just do that. >> when you go away to hotels and put stuff in the drawers, i think about it. >> never would have thought of such a thing. >> then this is new, this is for our boys who travel with a lot of baseball hats and don't want them to get smooshed. >> do guys have that many? >> i don't trust a guy like ma? >> that would be jason with all of his. we could give that to jason. >> you know who loves this? jude law. >> makes me wonder about him. i'm sorry. brilliant actor. but he hides his cap. we don't judge around here. we just think it's weird. >>> the accidental housewife. helps us. great game after this. >> look at her. she's at it again. >> a little too much energy for me. >> is that a rake? >> yeah. i have a cold, and i took nyquil, but i'm still stubbed up. 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>> mm-hmm. >> these are -- stop. all right, these are our next thing. those are true temper, by the way. >> these are very cool. i love these. >> these are a claw-tree rake, by the way. both under $16. drop your rake. >> you know, please is a nice word. >> very busy day. use these as cymbals if you like, but the real thing is the claws. look how easily they lift up. >> i have cleavage. i don't think i should do it. >> give the prisoners a little something, hoda. >> it protects you there. all right, what is great about these, these are called leaf claws, okay, they are only $6.99. you can get them at walmart. while you continue to do this. >> we're sick of this. >> these are great, dissolved leaf bag. what's great about these they are a pop up you put inside. these are corn resin. come postable corn resin. >> cord or corn? >> corn. c-o-r-n. they hold more than most. >> look how smart that is! >> wow! >> so much more fascinating than normal. >> comes with a handle that usually stays on. then drag it. >> fantastic. >> what's great here too is the fact they will dry out. some bags the moisture seeps in. >> plastic. >> get your mind out of the gutter, all right? 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>>> good morning. clear and present danger. sandy swirls along the east coast getting closer to pounding a third of the country with torrential rain, high winds, and even heavy snow. this morning we're right in the path of the storm. >>> battleground virginia, the state that was home to four of the first five.s. presidents, now crucial in deciding the next one. we're live in richmond. >>> and dogfight. the heated custody battle over a portly pooch. is her caretaker using her to fatten her bank account? that's the question a judge is getting set to ponder today, sunday, october 28, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is a special edition of tod"today" w lester holt live from richmond, virginia, and jenna wolfe, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good morning and welcome to a special edition of "today" on a sunday morning. i'm lester holt in richmond, virginia, the university of richmond, our second stop in our tour of the key presidential battleground states. jenna wolfe is back inside studio 1a. jenna, good morning. good to see you. >> nice to see you. i should have known no matter what assignment you had, you would somehow manage to find a hurricane to cover as well. it's what you do and do so well at the same time. >> yeah, i have to tell you, it's better to be lucky than good. originally we planned to come here to virginia because it's a battleground state and could help decide the presidential election, but now with sandy approaching we're right in the path of the storm. virginia is under a state of emergency as residents get set to hunker down. this morning virginia's governor is here to talk about the preparations for this massive storm. >>> new york's governor has declared a state of emergency as well here in new york. sandy is packing sustained winds of 75 miles per hour. this is what we know. this is the latest now. it's expected to hit somewhere along the delaware or new jersey coastline by early tuesday morning. this is a huge storm. in fact, it could bring tropical storm force winds across an 800-mile-wide stretch of the country from the east coast to the great lakes set to bring those strong winds, those torrential rains, even snow affecting up to 60 million people. we'll have live reports from all along the east coast in just a moment, lester. >>> and, jenna, then we will talk about battleground: virginia, one of the few states up for grabs. we'll examine why this once reliably republican stronghold has become a hotly contested place, jenna. >>> yes, but we're going to begin with sandy, the huge storm threatening the east coast, lester. as we mentioned, we have two reports this morning including al roker, who is tracking the storm but, first, the weather channel's julie martin is on north carolina's outer banks. she joins us now. julie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, jenna. this hurricane feels more like a nor'easter to me here along the outer banks. in fact, the winds are coming from the northeast. they're tropical storm force, believe it or not, and we've been seeing them and feeling them since about midnight. with that a lot of heavy rain as well. in fact, that rain has already led to some flooding along highway 12 which leads to hatteras. that is now closed off and officials have a couple of barges along cape hatteras in case people need to get out. the sea is rough as well. there's a hurricane warning for mariners offshore. we're looking at waves 12 to 25 feet and the beaches, by the way, i was out here yesterday. i could see all of this beach. there was no water here for about 70 feet. now it is completely covered and the seas are moving in. all of this is just a little taste, though, of what is to come along the northeast for the big cities in the next couple of days. so i hope that people are watching this and heeding those warnings because the winds, as sandy comes ashore, are going to be much stronger along the east coast than what i am feeling right now. back to you, jenna. >> julie, stay safe. julie martin, thank you very much. >>> now let's head about 400 miles off the east coast to asbury park, new jersey. al roker is there tracking sandy's every move. al, good morning. >> reporter: well, good morning to you, jenna. and of course asbury park the home of rock 'n' roll and bruce springsteen but this is different rock 'n' roll happening here as sandy makes its way onshore to the south of here. right now this is the latest on sandy. 260 miles south/southeast of cape hatteras, north carolina. it's 395 miles east of new york city. 75-mile-per-hour winds, northeast moving at 13 miles per hour. tropical force winds extend out 520 miles from the center of the storm, and that's going to be the big problem. as this system comes onshore it is certainly going to leave its mark. officials up and down the east coast are warning residents to take sandy very seriously. >> folks, this could be bad, really bad. it could impact us in several ways and for a long period of time. >> reporter: high winds and torrential rain could mean power outages for days. residents of coastal new jersey are bracing for the worst. >> the worst part is going to be the blooding. >> reporter: crews are busy pushing sand and using it to fill bags in hopes it will provide a barricade. homeowners along the coast are also preparing. >> don't want to take a chance. >> reporter: businesses are boarding their windows and billboards in atlantic city are coming down. grocery stores and gas stations full of people trying to get ahead of the storm. >> we have water and flashlights and stuff. got to be prepared. >> reporter: near fiphiladelphi there's concern about six oil refineries, 7% of the nation's capacity potentially threatened by the storm. officials in new york city will decide today if subways, bridges and tunnels will get shut down. mayor bloomberg urging city dwell e dwellers not to assume they're in the clear. >> don't get lulled tomorrow when there's not a lot of rain and not a lot of wind. this is a dangerous storm. >> reporter: new jersey's governor, chris christie, echoing the warning. >> we should not underestimate the storm and should not assume predictions will be wrong. >> reporter: though mandatory evacuations are beginning to take effect, some say they are not going to leave. >> we have never left the house or evacuated in the past. we are staying. it's our home. it's our house. >> reporter: hopefully they live to not regret that decision. but let's take a look and show you what the path of the storm looks like. it continues as a category 1 storm over the next 24 hours, paralleling the coast and then some time monday night it makes a sharp left turn and makes its way onshore as a category 1 storm. and the problem is once it makes its way onshore it's not done yet. it is going to linger the next 72 hours. as it comes onshore storm surge will be a big issue from wilmington to norfolk about 3 to 6 feet above normal tide. as you get from ocean city, maryland, to montauk, long island, anywhere from 4 to 10 feet above their normal tide and, unfortunately, where this is heading it will be about an astronomical high tide so that's a big problem. rain also a big issue with a system like this. generally speaking about 3 to 5 inches of rain over the next 76 hours but as you get closer to the coastline anywhere from 7 to 10 inches of rain locally up to 12 inches of rain and that's why there are flash flood watches, flood watches, and right along the coast, coastal flood warnings in effect with coastal flood watches. and the winds are going to be a big problem as well. we now have high wind warnings in effect. winds gusting 75 to 80 miles an hour the mid-atlantic and the northeast. a dangerous, dangerous storm that will, once it moves inland, cause massive problems as well and some areas inland, west virginia, ohio, and the northeast and pennsylvania, southeast pennsylvania, jenna, could pick up to a foot of snow. this will be a monster. >> wow. al, thank you very much. and we're going to get the rest of the nation's weather forecast from dylan dreyer in just a few minutes. but now we want to go back to lester in richmond, virginia. >>> all right, jenna, thanks. now to the presidential race and the election just nine days away. have virginia is one of the few states that just might hold the keys to the white house. it has 13 electoral votes and as of now it seems to be anybody's race. the new "washington post" poll shows president obama in the lead by four points but a fox news poll conducted last week has mitt romney ahead by two. keep in mind both leads are within the margins of error. in the past three elections voters here in virginia have picked the winning candidate so it's clear the road to 1600 pennsylvania avenue may run straight through the state of virginia. it wasn't all that long ago that virginia was better known for its civil war battlegrounds than its political ones. for ten straight presidential elections the republican candidate came out on top, but then in 2008, virginia voters went for barack obama. >> virginia! >> it was interesting because he kind of road tde the wave and h swayed a lot of districts that had been traditionally republican. >> while the 2008 vote here closely mirrored the rest of the country, virginia has actually fared better economically. its unemployment rate is below the national average from its fast growing washington, d.c., suburbs to the huge military presence around norfolk, a lot of government tax dollars flow into the state. but, like a loet of the nation, virginia has experienced huge ethnic shifts. a restaurant owner, an indian immigrant, will vote for obama. >> after this past monday's presidential debate i turned off the tv and i did not list en to anything. and then it became very clear, you know, that overall we are better off now than we were in 2008 at this time. >> one of the places that turned virginia from a solidly red state into what some call a purple state is henrico county with richmond at its center, where republicans used to call an easy win. that all changed in 2008. the question is, his that chang permanent? richmond has a lot of african-american and democratic leaning population. the suburbs mostly white and republican. >> in the polling we've seen that almost a third of voters are considering themselves independent. in some polls we actually see that there are more independent than democrats or republicans. >> places like it are a huge target of opportunity for the candidates. voters here, though, can be a tough audience. >> he will likely be receiving my vote, yes. >> the three of you are in the undecided category, correct? how many of you heard anything -- show of hands here -- how many heard anything in the debate to help you make up your minds? three debates, nothing moved the needle? >> not really because i think the debates are rehearsed. >> there's no real saying i want to help people with student loans, now that i'm dealing with after graduating with an mba. >> political wild cards, the campaigns are getting people they know for them out to the polls. but first-time voters like college student destiny lieber are determined not to fall into simple categories. >> i don't want to be narrow minded and didn't want to shut one candidate out because obama is the incumbent and romney is a republican. i didn't want to do that. >> bob mcdonald is the republican governor of virginia. governor, good morning. thank you for joining us. first let's talk about the weather, the storm is coming. how are you guys set for preparations? what do you expect here? >> we're used to storms in have a have a being a coastal state. we're not used to three or four day event followed by snow in the west. it's different. i declared a state of emergency early which we typically do which means itch the guard called up, declarations being made locally for local emergency and so forth. i think we're in good shape. we have a lot of resources deployed in the eastern part of the state. the biggest threat is sustained rain and wind and then downed trees which means widespread power outages so about 2,000 additional line workers called in from out of state to help us out. >> you have a bit of help that the candidates decided to stay out of here. i know they want to be here now but that would get in the way. >> i appreciate governor romney calling me up yesterday and they decided not to come to virginia today, three events scheduled, the president tomorrow. so i appreciate that so we can focus on law enforcement. >> you are a supporter of mitt romney. let's talk about the ground game here. the obama campaign really never left after 2008. they have 60 offices here, about 20 for romney. is this going to become a matter of knocking on doors and getting voters out, and is romney at a disadvantage because of the organization? >> no. it's not about offices, it's about ideas. and what's driving the campaign in the later stages is the fact that with this crushing unemployment of 8% nationally, with national debt now $6 trillion higher under this president, gas prices doubling, i think what the independent voters, the undecideds want to know about who has the best ideas the next four years and i think increasingly they believe it's mitt romney with his plan. >> you have to get your voters out. we've seen the polls razor tight here. you have a storm coming. are you at all concerned that -- let's assume power could be out in a lot of these places through election day. is that now a card? >> it's seven days from the time the storm passes until election day. we've taken precautions to move up polling places to higher spots for restoration. the power company is well aware of that. i don't think it will interfere with voting. the ground game is the best i've seen in my 20 years in politics for the republican team here, lester. about 4 million phone calls. 1.5 million door knocks. people are very engaged. they're energized. a lot of young people are helping the republican team this time and i think we're going to win virginia. >> you mentioned unemployment. you're under the national average here, thank goodness, but you hava lot of government jobs, a lot of military jobs. a series of mandatory cuts in defense spend iing at the end o the year. i know you have criticized the president on this but paul ryan vo voted for that. so how do you make the case? >> republicans and democrats supported the sequestration announcement 15 months ago in august of 2011, but it was supposed to be a hammer not a policy. in other words, the super committee was supposed to get a budget deal done but now, lester, we're two months away from crippling cuts to the military. that ought to call them devastating. in virginia it's 200,000 jobs. the president has been a bystander. bob woodward said this wasn't the president's idea to have $600 billion in defense cuts on 0 top of the $400 billion this year. >> we know it's a huge issue. >> it is. the fact is you have to have a solution. here we are a couple days before an election, two months before they go into effect, and the president just hasn't led on this. that's my criticism at this point. we're home to 150,000 men and women in uniform. 800,000 veterans. and they just like to sit and watch. in a time of war you don't cut the military by a trillion dollars. >> we have to end. i appreciate your time at a time you're dealing with this. >> i think we're ready. >> it's great to see you. >> thank you. >> and now back to new york. tom has the news. >>> the west coast is dealing with a tsunami triggered by a powerful earthquake overnight. hawaii ordered evacuations of coastal areas ahead of the tsunami. the waves came in smaller than expected this morning and the warnings have been downgraded to advisories. the 7.7 quake struck off the coast of british columbia. hawaii, alaska, the pacific northwest and british columbia were all on watch overnight for tsunami waves. a manhunt is on for a suspect in a shooting spree along michigan roadways. they are looking for a man suspected of two dozen shootings in the past week. here is a sketch. friday he hit his first victim, a bullet struck a man driving on 0 i-96. most of the shootings have been along that road. the injured man underwent surgery and is expected to recover. >>> a 12-year-old daughter of florida senator marco rubio is in fair condition now after an accident in a cart. senator rubio got word of the accident while on the road campaigning with mitt romney. amanda rubio sustained a head injury and is in a pediatric intensive care unit in miami. >>> and finally, talk about an earful. breaking his own guinness world record by lifting 187 pounds with his ear. once he was loose he went ahead and pulled a school bus with his ear. he says he can lift 45 pounds with one eye as well. we want to tell you, don't try this at home. we're not sure why you even would want to. that's the news. now back to jenna and dylan. >> why? tom, why? just curious. >> why not try it? >> why did he want to do it? my ear is not lifting enough these days. i really feel like i need -- >> he actually does have a goal. he wants to set 50 world records so india becomes the country with the most guinness world records. >> there you go. that's the answer right there. so factual. tom, thank you very much. let's get a look at the rest of the nation's weather forecast from the very busy dylan dreyer. dylan, good morning. >>> good morning. yeah, been focusing on sandy for sure, but the west coast actually talking about a lot of rain themselves, the pacific northwest will see a ton of rain and wind in the mountain passes. we're looking at a lot of snow, too. several inches out that way. >>> good morning from nbc bay area weather center. starting off clear. beautiful conditions expected through your sunday. high pressure in control leaving for clear skies. we 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[announcer:] revlon super lustrous lipstick. mega moisturizing formula in 82 stay true colors. >>> good morning to you. looking live at the bay bridge toll plaza on a nice clear start to this morning. chilly to start but it will warm this afternoon. thanks so much for joining us. i'm kris sanchez along where meteorologist anthony slaughter in for rob mayeda. we're watching the forecast in detroit because we're looking for a sweep. >> it's going to be cold. that's the bottom line in new york. once it gets below 50, it's all the same. it's cold. nothing like that here at home. we're talking about a warm weekend. beautiful conditions yesterday into the city by the bay. expecting the same thing today. high pressure will slide to the south just a bit through the day allowing for more onshore breeze by evening hours and in the meantime today looks good. clear skies. warm wind. halloween looks tricky if you are making plans for for. we'll have your forecast in just a bit in the seven-day forecast. temperatures in the 70s and 80s later today. >> thank you very much. one win away. the giants play the tigers today in detroit for game four of the world series and they are certainly giving fans something to cheer about especially some of the fans in the east bay believe it or not. last night hometown hero giants short stop brandon crawford had an rbi single that helped move the team to a win. one win away from the series title. the short stop has made name for himself in major league baseball in pleasantton where he grew up people have been watching him play for years and are super excited to see him on the big stage. >> his parents have been season ticket holders for many, many years and now they get to see their son play on the giants. >> brandon crawford was a standout player at foothill high school in pleasanton. >>> since it is possible the giants could win the series tonight in detroit, maybe tomorrow the city of san francisco wants people to enjoy the game together and possibly celebrate that win all together. the city plans to host a viewing party at civic center plaza. mayor ed lee says the city will set up a jumbotron so fans can cheer on the team like they did in 2010. stay with nbc bay area news for more on the world series. live reports coming up at 7:00 this morning and again at 8:30. you can also go to nbcbayarea.com for all of the latest giants and world series news any time of day. >>> right now we are going to send you back to the "today" show. want you to know that we are continuing to monitor the storm that is hitting the east coast and it has potential of affecting one in five americans if hurricane sandy merges with the other storm already planned for the east coast. we're also watching your halloween forecast for wednesday. we'll see you back here in just 30 minutes. >>> congratulations. back now with more of "today" on a sunday morning, the 28th day of october, 2012. you are looking at the heavy surf along north carolina's outer banks as hurricane sandy swirls in the atlantic and gets set to pound the northeast over the next couple of days. meantime, here in new york city, we still have a happy crowd out on the plaza. but pretty soon they're going to want to head for shelter. right now we have them out on the plaza all looking happy. we are delighted for you to join us. i'm jenna wolfe in new york. lester is in virginia covering the storm. also looking ahead to next week's presidential election in that battleground state. lester, we're not the only one with a crowd in new york. you have your hands full with happy people there as well. >> i've got a nice crowd here as well. we're at the university of richmond, great folks came out here. they're cheering now but wait until they hear. i have an announcement to make. i've been told i know the storm is coming but classes are still on tomorrow, okay? sorry. at the don't like me so much. we have the university of richmond cheerleaders over here and their mascot, the spider. ever heard of a spider as a mascot? anyway, we thank them for coming out. but truly everyone is starting to hunker down and get ready for this storm. the candidates were both supposed to be here, president obama and governor romney have now canceled their campaign appearances in virginia but that's nothing, of course, compared to the danger being faced by millions of people in its path. we have two live reports including the track of the storm from al coming up in just a moment. and we cannot tell a lie. we'll have a little fun as well. when we catch up with a guy who bears a very unique resemblance to the first president of the united states. he's got some pretty interesting things to say, jenna, about this current race. >> well, i, too, could look like that guy if i dressed up the way he did, although there is a striking resemblance. >>> we'll switch gears from politics to talk about a very, very overweight daschund. there's a little controversy following this poor guy around. he looks happy so maybe he's not aware of what's going on. >> we'll see you near the end of the show. >> also a guy known as a toy hunter is going to explain why you just may be sitting on be a fortune if you hung on to any of your old toys. but first, lester, back to you in havevirginia. >>> all right, jenna, thanks. right to hurricane sandy. we have two reports this morning from al roker in asbury park, new jersey, and the weather channel's julie martin in nags head. julie, how is it looking there? >> reporter: good morning, lester. we've been dealing with tropical storm force winds since about midnight here along nags head. and the fact sandy is 300 miles away or so from us, that is a true testament to how strong these winds are, how strong this storm is, and just how giant that wind field is. it is eventually going to be making its way into the noheast. right now we're dealing with gusts upwards of 50 miles an hour along nags head. a hard, stinging rain from the north/northeast, and a sea that is churning up a lot of sand. part of that was actually blown away during hurricane isabel in 2003. yesterday i could see all the way out to the end of the pier with no water. now the water is up across 70 feet or so of beach. so the water is moving in as well. we do have a hurricane warning offshore here for mariners and already some road closures as well. in fact, the road it to cape hatteras is closed off due to flooding. this is a preview of what is to come in the northeast as the center is expected to pass here about 2:00 this morning and then take a sharp left right into the big city. lester? >>> julie martin, thanks. about 400 miles up the coast to asbury park, new jersey, al roker is tracking sandy's path. al, good morning again. >> reporter: well, good morning, lester. right now sandy about 260 miles south/southeast of cape hatteras, north carolina. 390 miles east of new york city and it is a huge storm, tropical force winds extend out some 520 miles from the center of the storm. so that's more than 1,000-mile radius. let's look at the path of the storm and you'll see basically it's going to parallel the coast for the next 24 hours and then it's going to make a left turn some time late monday night, early tuesday morning. come onshore somewhere central coastal new jersey and that's the worst part for the northeast because the worst part of the storm is the right quadrant. the northeastern quadrant. that means new york, much of northern new jersey, connecticut, long island sound, boston. we're talking about a real mass storm surge that will be up to ten feet above normal and we're talking about rainfall amounts up to 12 inches of rain. so it's going to be a real mess and then linger inland for another several days. now to the rest of your nation's weather with dylan dreyer. dylan? >>> we also have some rain in the pacific northwest. heavy rain and mountain snow likely up that way with a huge pacific storm making its way onshore. now we do have also this cold front that's moving to the east. that's the one that's going to draw in sandy, but for right now it is bringing some rain and showers all across the eastern great lakes and we will continue to see that slowly spread eastward. so it is going to get messy with all eyes, of course, on sandy as we head into early this week. >>> good morning. i'm anthony slaughter in the nbc bay area weather center this morning. you're looking atop from san bruno at sfo. no fog this morning. no airport delays. high pressure to be in control all weekend long for the next 24 hours. in fact, as we head through halloween, high pressure will move out and we're talking about rain by halloween night. 84 today in santa rosa. san francisco at 74 degrees. that rain arrives late on halloween. you'll get in for your trick-or-treat. have a great weekend. >>> so on the east coast we're talking about sandy but in denver it's a whole different story. the new orleans saints are heading out that way to denver to take on the broncos at sports authority field at mile high. pa partly cloudy and mild. 54 to 58 degrees. it should be a great day for football night in america. jenna? >>> thank you very much. a fierce custody battle is playing out these days in oregon over a real cutie. but this isn't a child. it's a daschund who has become a very huskey dog. now more from miguel almaguer. >>> he is very sweet and outgoing. >> reporter: at his peak he tipped the scale at 77 pounds. >> i wasn't expecting a purebred daschund. >> reporter: he's the daschund with lots to love. but obie isn't just big, he may be the most overweight dog of his breed anywhere in the world. >> he loves attention. >> reporter: twice the normal size, the 5-year-old, seen here on youtube, has been dubbed the dumpy daschund. >> he loves everybody he meets. >> reporter: everyone loves obie, too. he is at the center of a custody battle that's heading to court monday. >> we don't want to secelebrate how big he is. we want to celebrate how healthy he can be. >> reporter: in august, nora became obie's dog after he was rescued. soon she began post iing pictur of obie and had his battle to lose the bulge. >> should be eating about 500 calories. >> reporter: within weeks his facebook page had more than 69,000 likes. last month obie was on the "today" show. >> so, nora, how long do you think it will take obie to get back to normal weight? >> it could take a year. our goal is 1% a week. >> reporter: all that attention was the problem. the rescue team says obie is being exploited for his unusual obesity for promotional gain. now the nonprofit wants the adorable, waddling whale back. >> the dog was not suppose d to be a media sensation. he was to be cared for. he needed vet treatment. he needed an exercise regime. >> reporter: she says he is losing weight. >> eat your carrots. >> reporter: 15 pounds so far. some 14,000 people have shown their support online. the stage is set for monday's custody battle over obie, a dog with plenty to love but only enough for one owner. for "today," miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. >>> up next, toy story. the guy who makes his living tracking down toys. why you just might be sitting on a fortune after this. hi, i just switched jobs, and i want to roll over my old 401(k) into a fidelity ira. man: okay, no problem. it's easy to get started; i can help you with the paperwork. um...this green line just appeared on my floor. yeah, that's fidelity helping you reach your financial goals. could you hold on a second? 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we caught up with a guy who is reliving his childhood and making it his profession. >> reporter: whoever said toys were just for kids has yet to meet jordan hembro. >> they call me the toy hunter. oh, man. this is where we've been hiding everything. >> reporter: for the past 25 years he's made a living buying, selling, and playing with them. >> i scour the country and i dig deep. >> reporter: do you know how much i can get for this? but this isn't child's play. it's hard work. >> i'm hunting 24/7 every day, 365 days a year. >> reporter: in the new show on the travel channel he searches high and low for hidden fortunes in america's toy chests. >> i have been looking for these. >> reporter: when you come up here or a place like this what do you snee. >> my eyes are dart iing back a forth. i'm looking for toys that are recognizable so i'm seeing pac-man, evel knievel. i'm looking around. i see skedoodle, star wars, cabbage patch. these are going bam, bam, bam. i know that i have to hone in on hose. those are the ones that will start making money for everybody. >> reporter: what began as a hobby is a serious and profitable business. >> sold. years ago i sold a rare star wars toy and it garnered about $75,000. >> i just touched a -- >> the thing is this, not every toy is going to be a home run but a lot of the old toys from the 19 0s, '70s and '80s are worth money. >> reporter: especially barbie, cabbage patch, hot wheels, and anything and everything star wars. simply having toy gold hembrough's term for striking it big isn't enough to rake in the cash. it has to be in good condition. >> first and foremost, is it in the package? that packaging is everything. if you don't have the package, make sure the toy is complete. >> reporter: here is the million dollar question, what do you have to say to all those moms and dads that yell at their kids, want them to get rid of those toys, toss them out? what do you say? >> these toys are worth money. people have got to realize that. you can't just throw them in the junk bin, you know. >> reporter: and, remember, growing up doesn't necessarily mean you should stop acting like a kid. for "today," new york. >> who has the best job? jordan hembrough is here. we were lucky enough to be blessed by your offerings this morning. i want to dig in because this brought back so many memories. lunch boxes. so much fun, we used to clank them around. it was this or bust. >> i hit my brother in the head with them. >> who didn't? who didn't hit your brother over the head with these lunch boxes? >> that's true. >> we gave up on these, the brown paper bag. these are so vintage. >> they're highly collectible in the secondary market. they're tin and filled with colorful graphics but no one really understands how valuable this stuff is. it's batman lunch box from the 1960s with the thermos goes upwards $400. >> amazing. >> if you're from my generation, empire strikes back and star wars right now will garner you about $125 to $150. >> and the longer you keep it, the more it will be worth. >> in it good condition, you're good. >> a couple collectibles here. my brother has 40 million of these at home. if i gnaw i could have got money for them, i would have cleaned them out. why are they so valuable? >> star wars is forever. it clicked with everybody and everyone loves it and it keeps coming back and back and back and it really maintains the collectibility of the secondary market. if you have any of these dolls upwards of $150 to $500 for some of this stuff. >> let's move on to teddy roughspin, my little pony, all of them, these guys were great. >> of course. really big in the 1980s. done by a company called worlds of wonder. it was the first animatronic teddy bear. scared the hell out of me. if you have one in the box upwards of $125. >> why didn't we treat our toys better back then? and finally some of these masks big for halloween. you got some money in your hands. >> every year halloween comes around and people start digging through their attics and all the halloween decorations and masks, you have original planet of the apes and "star trek" from the 1970s. you're looking at $300 to $350 each. >> favorite toy of all time? >> star wars. >> you didn't even have to think about it. i'm embarrassed i even asked you. jordan, thank you for joining us. appreciate it. a fun show. looking forward to it. 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[ crowd cheering, mouse clicks ] >>> it is time now to find out what david gregory has coming up on "meet the press." >>> good morning, jenna. so much to talk about. the final week of the campaign we're going to zero in on the most important battleground states this morning. this race will be decided. i'll be talking to the governor of all-important ohio john kasich, the governor of wisconsin, scott walker, also the governor of colorado, all coming up this morning on "meet the press." >> a busy morning but a fun one. thank you very much. >>> we want to check in one more tame with the weather channel's julie martin who is feeling the effects of hurricane sandy already in north carolina's outer banks. hey, julie. >> reporter: yeah, generjenna, this is just a taste of what is coming your way in the next day or so in the northeast. in fact, it could be even worse because sandy is still far offshore here along the outer banks, about 280 miles away from me. and we are still seeing tropical storm force winds, heavy rain, and a very rough surf. take a look at the atlantic ocean behind me. and you can see if you look at the pier there how high the waves are. we're looking at 12 to 15 feet at sea as we speak. i mentioned the tropical storm force winds. we're gusting to around 50 here and that has been going on since about midnight. so the duration of this event is also very important. and that's going to be the case there in the northeast where you are as well. it's not going to be like a traditional hurricane where you sort of have an eye wall and then the eye comes across and it's calm for a while and then you get the back said. because this system is so large you are going to have these persistent high winds over a long, long period of time. and that's the case today here in the outer banks. we're already dealing with about 2,500 power outages along the north carolina coast. we also have road closures, highway 12 it to cape hatteras is shut off due to overflow to the atlantic ocean and we're expecting more coastal flooding as well. jenna, that's the latest from the outer banks but, again, people in the northeast, if you're watching this, keep in mind the winds there are going to be even higher than what you are seeing here, so now is definitely the time to get your supplies ready and plan to stay inside. jenna? >> julie martin, thank you for hanging out with us this morning. you stay safe. that's going to do it for us on this sunday morning. we'll send it back to lester one more time. lester, i know i say this to you all the time but, please, once again, stay safe. come back soon. >>> jenna, i have to tell you, i was hoping to come home tonight but my flight is canceled because the airlines are canceling flight. too bad tore you. i have a present, some home cooked salt ed virginia peanuts. a good brand, i'm told. and it's genuine virginia stuff. >> hey, that will stay. come home, bring it home. it's all right. don't leave it. >> bring it home? >> all right. i want to thank all these great folks here at the university of virginia for being such gracious hosts here. they are preparing for the storm. it's great of you all to come out. the weather has held off. it's getting windy, the clouds moving over quicker. we're probably all going to get wet here very soon. our thanks again to the spider cheerleaders from the university of richmond. i love that. spiders. anyway, please keep it on nbc news.com for the very latest and, of course, msnbc during the day for the latest updates on hurricane sandy. we'll be down in virginia beach tonight for "nbc nightly news" with the latest on the storm's track. until then, thanks for watching, everybody. so long and have a safe and good sunday. 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>>> back now with more of today it is a monday morning, 22nd day of october, 2012. have a beautiful fall morning here on rockefeller plaza, a great crowd, lots of smiles, got some birthdays, got some babies, got some anniversaries. >> we have it all. >> a beautiful day. good morning, everyone, i'm savannah guthrie alongside al roker around thousands of his screaming fans. there are some girl scouts behind me. >>> coming up next, jenna bush hager is going to join us for our take three today, the perfect guest, because she is daughter of a president. we will ask her what she thinks about the first ladies debate. >> her mom did terrifically in it. >> what first ladies debate, you might ask? have to stay tuned and find out about that. >>> absolutely, then joy's healthy bite. that's right. we are going to find out about joy chewing over all your health headlines, including pink's big weight loss after having her baby. >>> and then cashing in on those in-store credit cards and rewards cards. how you should get paid back for your loyalty. >> like the sound of that. >>> first, a check of the day's top stories. natalie morales is at the news deck. >> good morning, savannah and al. good morning, everyone. >>> new details about the wisconsin man accused of opening fire at a spa where his wife worked killing three women and wounding four others. police say 45-year-old radcliffe haughton had slashed his wife's tires earlier this month. she was granted a restraining order against him and haughton was barred from owning a firearm. he was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound inside the salon. >>> the final countdown to election day is und warz the candidates face off in their third and final debate tonight in boca raton, florida. the vase in a dead heat as a new nbc news/wall street journal poll showed the candidates tied, each with 47% among likely voters. you can watch tonight's debate at 9 eastern time/6 pacific here on nbc. >>> lance armstrong's name is being erased from the record books. this morning, cycling's governing body agreed to strip the american of his seven tour de france titles and ban him for life. they accepted a report from the anti-dope willing agency that accused armstrong and his teams of using a massive doping program to gain an unfair advantage. >>> a funeral will be held friday for former south dakota senator and democratic presidential candidate george mcgovern. he died sunday at a south dakota hospice. the proudly liberal vietnam war opponent lost to richard nixon in 1972. he was 90. >>> new images this morning, former cuban leader fidel castro, after more than a week of reports that he was gravely ill and near death. the 86-year-old published these photos of himself, including several in which he is seen reading friday's copy of a communist party newspaper. >>> u.s. congressman jesse jackson will soon return to the mayo clinic, according to his father, the reverend jesse jackson. the democratic representative from i will on a medical leave from congress for four months has not yet indicated when he will return, releasing a robocall this weekend, asking his constituents for patience. jackson remains on the november 6th ballot for re-election. >>> the halloween spirit dominated the weekend box office. "paranormal activity 4" debut in the top spot with $30 million in ticket sales. runner up was iran hostage drama "argo" and "hotel transylvania" came in third. >>> firefighters came to the rescue in china when a 4-year-old boy got caught between two walls. he had fallen from his third floor balcony into the gap between the buildings and stuck there for two hours until rescuers could make a big enough hole to get him out. he got some bumps and bruises but now is doing just type. very lucky little boy. it is 9:04 right now you go to al with a check of the weather. >> amazing story. >> yeah. >> thanks so much. see what we have got going for you. today, the pacific northwest and the west coast really under. they are going to be looking at a lot of heavy rain and mountain snows as well. we have winter weather advisories, winter storm warnings and winter weather watches stretching from central california all the way up into the western montana area. we are talking about snow above 6,000 feet, wind gusts of 40 to 60 miles per hour, even worse as you get higher up. snowfall amounts in the mountains there, we are talking about anywhere from six to 12 inches. locally, could be as much as 18 inches of snow and rain is going to be a big problem. one to three inches of rain from central california all the way >> expecting plenty of sunshine today. temperatures are warming up. 68272 degrees later today. 80 >>> time for the take three, we share our thoughts on the stories catching attention. joining us today, marm ma lachld no jenna bush hager. >> i thought i would pull a cee-lo and have a cat here. >> grew one cat names. >> grew up with cat names. nothing wrong with that. >> no, no. not at all. everyone did. >> not r did you see the first lady debate? >> it was excellent. >> you know what, of course, there was no first lady do he bait, they'll to some of the folks jimmy kimmel found. take a look at this. >> who do you think won the debate between ann romney and michelle obama last night? >> i have to say michelle obama. she really did a lot better. her speech was more grafted in. you know , more finely well cut more experience as the president's wife as a political figure in the public limelight. just wasn't lot smoother for her, she is just more experienced at this time. >> who do you think won the debate last night between ann romney and michelle obama? >> definitely ann romney. i think she is very classy and wonderful dlachltd. >> anything she said during the debate in particular? >> no i just like how she looks. >> michelle. >> why do you say that? >> because i love her. >> you think she did a better job? >> yeah, absolutely. i mean, she is amazing. she -- yeah. she connected with people. that's what i felt. >> was there anything in particular she said that spoke to you? >> no. in general, i just sauer a little bit of it to tell you honestly, i had something else going on, didn't see the whole debate but i sought personality came out you can the connection came out. she seemed more to the ground than ann. >> wow. >> wow. >> should be a first ladies debate. it would be interesting. >> i love that because that's exactly what i would do in third grade. did you see the movie over the weekend and i would say, yes, excellent. >> but these are adults. >> really elaborate. if your' gonna lie, i guess the theory is commit. the guy who is well cut -- >> finely dragrafted. >> this took place on earth two. >> the first lady and mrs. romney have been out a lot, making a lot of the rounds and so maybe people are getting a little confused. >> we are in an overly politically heated environment now. >> educated. so, there's camera and they say, oh, yeah it was excellent and i love the guy that was just like it was just on in the background. >> but also shows you people believe what they believe and they are on the side they are on the doesn't matter. >> take two. >> all right. take two. this is interesting for the ladies. how women would see their perfect day. now, this is according to a study in the journal of economic psychology, surveyed about 900 women, average age of about 38. and topping the list, of course, getting a full, uninterrupted night of sleep, eight hours of sleep at least. here is the surprising factor, number two on that list, intimate relations, 106 minutes. that's one hour -- >> another 104. >> is this for real? 106 minutes? >> shopping way down. >> that would be every guy's perfect day. >> exercise. >> 106 minutes? >> yes. >> who are these women? where are the kids on that list? i guess you don't want to spend any time with the kids. >> 68 minutes for exercise? >> al, you're the only guy in the group here. what is your ideal day look like? >> very much like that. >> 106 minutes probably not enough time. >> no i think it is the ability to spend free time, whatever you like to do to have it unincouple berred by your spouse or kids. >> some cases, you need your spouse. >> 106 minutes. >> or not. or a good book and there you go i think it just speaks to our lives, we are just so crazed right now, looking for time. >> 36 minutes working. i need to obviously rethink my workweek. because 36 minutes working is, even on a sunday, when you say you are work a lot more than 36 minutes? >> yeah, probably. >> the message is the more -- variety was most important. the more you do something, even if you really love what you're doing, after some time, just not the same. >> even the 106 minutes? >> yeah. >> take three. now we have all been out on live shots. i don't think we have ever had anything happen like this. >> i'm scared to see this. >> these are cases -- >> robert doing a live shot at knbc, a cockroach -- >> slow-mo that. >> take a look. here we go. and on his shoulder. whoa. crawling around. the guy never misses a beat. >> okay. could you do that? >> no. >> could you keep talking? >> he must not have felt that. >> think the agoers pointed it out. accident feel it. that is why he was able to keep going. i'm sure he would have jumped out of his shoes. >> that's really bad. >> now you all imagine something happen during a live shot what is the worst, savannah that you -- >> when i was in college, i used to run cameras at the local pbs station. and i fainted live on the air. and so you didn't see any but the camera shot started floating upward, the woman on tv goes, oh, my god. and that was the craziest thing. >> we need that. >> we actually is a good one from our pal, mark potter. take a look at this one. >> have now been oiled -- oh! oh! >> so i mean this one of my favorites. this reporter -- this weather person. can we rerack it? we jumped out of that for a second. he is doing his weather. he is doing his weather. >> oil. >> oh. >> mark potter? >> worth seeing again. >> and? >> oh, god. oh, my god! >> what is it? >> i love that. >> that would be my reaction. i actually, on a shoot, am allergic to cats, a whole different story. i know. i know. >> bernadette. >> deep seeded issues. i'm alearnic to cats and i was on the shoot with this little girl and she gave me her farm cat, broke out in a horrible hive, eyes shut and i had to do the entire interview profile with this eye shut closed. >> all right, papa. >> but wait a second. i'm sorry, i need to go back to this. we just did a whole segment about cats. >> my cats have -- >> zyrtek. >> my cat is hypoallergenic. >> that's what he told you. >> when i adopted her. >> here is our bonus. last night, comedy central aired "the night of too many stars" in support of autism. earlier, we showed katy per write a young girl who did a beautiful duet with her. this is another side u this is america comes together, people would you never see together. here we have harvey kitele and carly rae jepsen doing "call me maybe."eitel and carly rae jepsen doing "call me maybe." ♪ don't ask me i will never tell ♪ ♪ i trade my soul for a wish, pennies and dimes for a kiss ♪ ♪ i wasn't looking for this ♪ but now you're in my way ♪ your stare was holding, ripped jeans, skin was showing, hot night, wind was blowin' ♪ ♪ where do you think you're going, baby ♪ [ laughter ] >> kind of threatening. i'm a little scared of harvey keitel. >> the dancers, he has got like three jersey guys behind him. it was spectacular. >> you were there for it. >> it really was a great night. jon stewart hosted. meredith vieira, hoda cot business tom hanks, a whole bunch of folks all to raise money to fight autism. >> christopher walken would have been good. >> could have played the cowbell. >> thank you so much, jenna bush hager. >> marmalade, i like to call you now. >> thank you. >>> up next, the five hottest health headlines from nutritionist joy bauer, coming up. alright let's break it down. mom, pop it. ♪ two inches apart, becky. two inches. t-minus nine minutes. 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>> if it's high, exercise regularly, limit that fatty meat. whole milk, dairy products and pour on, shower your body with produce. >> sounds good. now to astudy. we will loft author of this chocolate boosts brain power but not all chocolate? >> we know the new recipient for the nobel prize of this year. this scientist out of columbia university found there is a strong, powerful correlation between countries that eat the most chocolate and produce the most nobel prize winners. and of course, switzerland is way at the top. and they eat about 26 pounds of chocolate per person per year. so i think americans have to get competitive here. got to -- >> are you encouraging us to eat chocolate? >> i am. >> but -- >> dark chocolate because the brain-boosting compounds called and a half vin floyd most concentrated in dark chocolate. pick dark chocolate that is at least 70% back coo or cocoa, because it is caloric, i want to show you something. for a thin clock late bar about it is about the size of a credit card. >> 26 pounds of chocolate would be lot. we are talking about just this, right, given quantities? >> feeling a chemistry award for you next year. >> i can definitely do this i do have my little bit of dark chocolate every night. i'm on that study already. >> i love t another great study. shows that people who sit at their desk are actually doing -- putting themselves at a lot of risk to their health. >> this is worrisome. researchers out of the uk found if you sit for prolonged periods of time, talking about people who sit at a desk job or spend a lot of time in the car, natalie, they have doubled the risk for heart disease, diabetes and even death. what's important to point out here is if you have a desk job and you sit all day long and you hit the gym later in the evening regularly, you are still at risk. so i think the big take away here is as much as you exercise already, we have to get up and move during the day. so if you sit at a desk, set your phone alarm for every hour, get up and just stretch, walk to the bathroom, have a walking meeting if the weather permits, instead of sitting meeting. >> lunch, take a walk. >> east coast/west coast flight international, walk the aisle. >> flight attendants love that last but not least, celebrity health news, pink looks amazing. showing off her post-baby weight. she lost over 50 pounds? 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>> the new stuff. everything is on the phone, everything is an app. checkpoints.com, log in as you're walking into a store and it checks you in and it will tell you what deals are going on right now and then you start scanning upc codes on products and you can use two thing, see if there's coupons you can have at the register and two, rewards for that checkpoint says that on average, their users get about $2 every store and adds towns an average of $208 a year, which is not chump change. also shop kit.com, too. >> a lot of work, though. they are tracking you? >> they are tracking you. that is the thing to keep in mind, what is the benefit for them? they get see what you're scanning, what you're buying and all that and information that they can use basically to get you some better deals. >> finally, really quick, a lot of credit cards have their own incentive programs as well. do you expect you have to pay an annual fee? >> for some you do natalie, you want to be careful. if you carry a bark the rewards don't make any sense, don't use them. if you can get a gas groceries c card, a card that will give you cash back for gas and groceries specifically, get you back $150 a year to $600 a year. >> like my am next/costco card. carmen wong ulrich. thank you so much. >>> adding seasonal sizzle to your burger and shake. but first this is today on innocence. teacher: this is west virginia, pennsylvania, delaware. and this is maryland. every year marylanders spend five hundred and fifty million gaming at casinos in these other states. question seven will build a new casino and bring table games to baltimore... generating hundreds of millions for schools. and that money has to go to education. it's the law. so vote for question seven. so we can stop spending all that money here, and keep maryland money in classrooms like mine. >>> this morning in "today's" kitchen, what's on the menu? turkey burgers with a pumpkin spice shake. spike mendelssohn is chef and owner of washington, d.c. restaurant, good stuff eateries and on the show "after top chef." good to see you. >> good to see you. >> they give you a hard time. what is up with that? >> they do maybe jealous. >> hating. >> they are hating had. i feel like i'm behaving on the show. pretty good. >> and nobody is going to hate you after this turkey burger. >> yes this turkey burger, great fall recipe. we got a little brown but thor in here, add a little bit of sellry. >> the knock on turkey burgers, they are kind of dry. >> they are. people always ask me, one of the biggest things with turkey burgers they can turn out dry, kind of saw dust sort trick is to add a little bit of love to t all about the love, right? a little bit of pepper. see that? >> what are we making here? >> just adding some flavor, some apples, some school yip, celery, marinate it buzz this, got some mango and chipotle in here to give it spice. let's turn this thing on, i have used one of these before. go you eat turkey burgers? >> you know, because of the dryness, i -- >> the dryness? >> i'm a little skeptical. >> got to fix now. can you mix that around for me? you know you like cooking with me. >> i do. >> shake it a little bit what you're going to do is cook this down a little bit, let all the flavors develop, get the seasonings and then you are left with this beautiful little mixture here. >> that's nice. >> going to take the turkey, add a bit of lemon juice. >> white turkey meat or dark? >> this is white, you can tell because it is a little bit pale. dark just seems to be a little bit dryer usually. >> interesting, i would have thought it would be the opposite u >> the flavor is a little bit gamier, just slightly you not that big of a difference. just going to add some of this love over here, going to mix it up. just like that. like this? >> that looks awfully moist. >> it does, right? >> so the thing is like you don't want to get it too wet so they fall apart when you cook in the pan, wet enough, you can see we have some over here so just step over here. >> come on. so, all right, the turkey burgers, cooking, got to be rel really delicate with them, moist, break apart, add delicious carmelized onions on top of these. >> how much on both sides? how long do you cook? >> i think three minutes, turkey, poultry, tough cook it to well done. >> sure. >> not like a big you can keep that nice medium rare and why. add a little brie cheese on top of there. >> nice. >> all right. just melt it. >> you cover it up. >> voila. doesn't that look delicious? nice and melty. >> look at the translucency -- >> that's what i love. >> like screaming. so i got two different buns, a brioche bun, which you can find pretty much anywhere. >> sure. >> but just to switch things up a little bit -- >> hi. >> i got a little bit of cinnamon toast over here just because it is seasonal, i think it complements the brie a little bit. just toast those off. >> yummy. >> try it there. >> sold on the turkey burger? >> well, i'm thinking i'm going to be. >> if you put cheese on it. the onions and all that. >> looking really juicy on the inside. that is great. what is in the shake, spike? >> the shake is a toasted pumpkin marshmallow shake. >> what goes into that? >> simple. take the great seasonal mushrooms you find in the stores, roast them and then we just mix when this a little pumpkin puree, a little bit of milk, blend them up. >> really yummy. >> a great seasonal pear salad. >> spike mendelssohn, thank you so much. 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starting at 7:25 and every half hour after that bringing you any developing news. have a great day. >>> good morning. chilling plot, the fbi thwarts an attempted terror attack on the federal reserve building in new york city. a 21-year-old man now in custody in new york after trying to detonate what he thought was a bomb by remote control. >>> rough and tumble, president obama and governor romney took their fireworks from the debate to the campaign trail. they share the stage at a charity event tonight. >>> and thin ice. that's what this guy thought he was about to encounter as he prepares to take a chilly dip. unfortunately for him, it was frozen solid. he's okay, but his ego is badly bruised today, thursday, october 18th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a thursday morning. i'm savannah gurthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer. the suspect in that terror plot came to this country a little earlier this year on a student visa. but authorities say his real motivation was to carry out a deadly attack on americans. >> he was arrested wednesday after he allegedly tried to set off what he thought, according to investigators was a bomb at the federal reserve in lower manhattan. but the device was made of inoperable materials, part of an elaborate sting operation. more on the story straight ahead. >>> also rough weather over parts of the south. powerful storms toppled trees and knocked out power to thousands in places like arkansas and mississippi. al's going to tell us what to expect today. >>> and we're going to talk politics including a comment from mitt romney's son tagg. he said he wanted to quote take a swing at the president for some of the attacks on his dad. the romney campaign said this was just a joke. we'll get into that. >>> let us begin on this thursday morning with that foiled terror plot targeting the federal reserve building here in new york city. wnbc's chief investigative reporter, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, matt. the fbi says this bangladeshi man had been scouting several buildings in lower manhattan but ultimately choosing the federal reserve building. he boasted about wanting to kill hundreds of people and he hoped to quote destroy america. a 21-year-old from bangladesh entered the united states in january on a student visa. but authorities say his real purpose for coming was violent jihad. he was arrested and appeared in court late wednesday charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. >> this individual came with an express purpose of committing a terrorist attack. he was motivated by al qaeda. >> reporter: his residence in queens was searched by investigators looking for cell phones, blackberries, computers, anything the suspect may have used to carry out his terror plot. >> when i saw him, i saw him alone. i didn't see anyone with him. >> reporter: after one semester at southwest missouri state university, he moved to new york. federal agents say in july he was trying to recruit others to help carry out his attack. meeting with one man several times, once in new york central park. that man turned out to be an fbi informant. and from that moment on, he was under intense surveillance by the fbi, homeland security agents, and new york police. court documents say he wrote an article he hoped would be published by a jihadist website saying quote, targeting america's economy is the most efficient way to draw the path of obliteration of america. authorities say he first set his sights on the new york stock exchange but was scared off by the amount of security. by last month, he decided to target the federal reserve. both buildings just a few blocks from ground zero. >> new york is the top of the terrorist target list in this country. and i think this just reaffirms that. >> reporter: last week, the fbi informant purchased 1,000 pounds of what he thought was fertilizer, that could be used to make a bomb. and helped assemble a device in a warehouse. on wednesday morning, authorities say he drove his would be bomb in a van and parked it in front of new york's federal reserve building. he repeatedly dialed a cell phone he thought would detonate the bomb. >> reporter: again, officials say he was trying to recruit others, he communicated online, we're told with a san diego man. that san diego man was arrested, but not for terror charges. officials say a search of that man's computer turned up child pornography. new york investigators tell us they believe he was acting alone in the bomb plot. matt, back to you. >> jonathan, thank you very much. nbc terror analyst is the former director of the national counterterrorism center. michael, good morning to you. >> good morning, matt. >> this guy comes to this country on a student visa, studies for a semester at this university in southern missouri studying, i think, cyber security. so he's not on any watch list and he doesn't raise any red flags. how troubling is that? >> i don't think it's particularly troubling, matt. obviously when someone comes to the u.s. on any kind of visa. to include a student visa, visas used by some of the hijackers on 9/11, they get a lot of scrutiny. but it's very possible he would be what would be known there's no previous activity that would suggest terrorism. and the good piece was that the fbi identified him early on through his communications and saw he was radicalized and seeking to -- seeking to attack the u.s. >> you talk about that. so he reaches out to someone trying to recruit that other person to become a part of the jihad and carry out an attack. the man he contacted turns out to be an fbi informant. was this just luck? is that how this was uncovered? >> it really isn't luck. this is very good investigative work by the joint terrorism task force, the fbi, and the new york police department. in new york city, and it goes on across the country. it is making sure that these agents and these informants are in circles where someone like a student reaches out for accomplices. and in this case he did reach out to an fbi source. it is good positioning, it is understanding where these people interact and being in the right place. >> according to court documents, he was very concerned his attack fall under the al qaeda label. he allegedly asked that fbi informant, quote, the thing i want to ask you about is this that the thing i am doing, is it under al qaeda? the undercover agent said yes. and michael, he'd originally told that informant he was willing to die in this attempted attack. but he was told by the informant it wasn't necessary. he could detonate this device by remote control. anything jump out there? >> well, it's not that uncommon that even these lone wolves want to do this in al qaeda's name and they want to feel like they are part of something larger. so one of the great ways that the fbi's been able to get these people to work with them is say, oh, yes, we work with al qaeda when communications with al qaeda overseas. and that has convinced these people that they can trust these informants. >> michael, thank you very much. >> thanks, matt. >> savannah? >>> thanks. two days after trading jabs in the debate, president obama and governor romney will be back in new york tonight on the same stage. while a comment from one of romney's sons is making some waves. nbc's peter alexander has the latest from the campaign trail this morning. good morning to you. >> savannah, good morning to you. we'll play that comment for you from tagg romney in a moment. but first, the next debate isn't until monday in florida. but both candidates will share the spotlight one more time before then. that is tonight taking part in the al smith dinner, a presidential tradition takes place in manhattan. they're going to speak back-to-back at the formal evening that's supposed to be filled with laughs, not partisan swipes. but of course, comes in the middle of a decidedly bitter week. >> we need to take back america. it's up to you guys in virginia. >> reporter: after a fiery debate, the heated arguments between mitt romney and barack obama showed no signs of cooling wednesday night. >> actually, he seems to spend most of his time in these debates talking about why my plans aren't going to work. i wish he'd spend a little more time explaining why his plans have not worked. >> you've heard of the new deal, ohio. you've heard of the fair deal. mitt romney's trying to sell you a sketchy deal. but we're not buying it. >> reporter: at his evening stop in ohio, his 16th trip to the battleground this year, the president's even made this plea. >> i want your vote. i am not too proud to beg. i want you to vote. >> reporter: the latest flash point between the two men, women. the nation's largest demographic, with recent polls showing a narrowing gap between the two. both sides trying to cast the other as an economic threat. >> this president has failed america's women. they've suffered in terms of getting jobs -- >> reporter: the obama campaign tried to capitalize on the town hall's most enduring lines. governor romney recalled his efforts to hire more women in massachusetts. >> i said, can you help us find folks? and brought us whole binders full of women. >> we don't have to collect a bunch of binders to find qualified, talented young women ready to learn and teach in these fields right now. >> reporter: mr. romney's binders comment was quickly mocked across the internet and drove a democratic group to buy the website bindersfullofwomen.com. producing this video of the former cabinet members praising his leadership. >> he totally gets working women. >> reporter: meanwhile, wednesday, governor romney's oldest son tagg joked about his reaction about some of the contentious exchanges during tuesday's debate. >> what is it like for you to hear the president of the united states call your dad a liar? >> you know -- >> how does that make you feel? >> well, you want to rush out and take a swing at him. but you know you can't do that. well, first, there's a lot of secret service between you and women, but also, this is the nature of the process. they're going to try to do everything they can do to try to make my dad into something he's not. we signed up for it, we've got to sit there and take our punches and then send them right back the other way. >> and this morning, a romney campaign spokesperson told me that tagg was just joking about how frustrating this process can be for a family. tuesday's debate had another huge audience, more than 65 million americans watched. that's shy of the total from the first faceoff from denver. >> joe scarborough and mika brzezinski, good to see you. >> good morning, great to see you too. >> joe, i'll start with you as the dust settles on this debate. do you think either candidate gets a balance? or is it just neck and neck until election day? >> well, it's going to look like the race has stabilized, but actually something much bigger happened. mitt romney had a tremendous amount of momentum coming out of the first debate. he was like secretariat charging up on the rest of the field. and was about to blow past and had the dynamic remained the same, i think mitt romney would've won the election going away. the second debate stopped that momentum, and i think we have him now in a place where they're neck and neck. neck and neck in florida, north carolina, virginia, now in wisconsin according to a new poll. and so it's going to be a tight race all the way to the end. and i really do predict by the end of the night, we're going to be looking at one state and one state only, it's going to be in the words of tim russert, ohio, ohio, ohio. >> yeah, some people think we'll be counting ballots late into the night in ohio. mika, i want to bring you in on this. the term binders full of women. it has taken on a life of its own. the democrats love it. they think it shows mitt romney at his most awkward. but the fight for independent, undecided women voters, do you think this is weighty enough to resinate? >> yeah, because i think women care about the economy, they want jobs, and by the way, want to be paid the same as their male counterparts. and that comment the other night showed, first of all, that he was at the very least misleading about exactly what he did with those binders. he says he sought them out and asked for lists of women to hire. the truth, apparently is, that both candidates running for governor were given binders with names of women in them. so he changed that story to fit the narrative of the night. the bigger picture is he wouldn't have supported the lily ledbetter act which is the first piece of legislation the president signed when in office. the president set up the white house council on women and girls, working on getting women equal pay every step of the way down the road here in this administration, and mitt romney just completely doesn't have any leg to stand on when it comes to women and the economy. >> well, let me just -- >> he claims to. >> let me just say. willie geist and i find this highly offensive. we used to have binders filled with women, as well. >> i don't want to hear about your college days. >> well, yeah. >> ridiculous. >> i know you do take a different view on the binders full of women, maybe now we know why given your past history with binders. let me ask you a more serious question. the recurring criticism of both of these candidates is that neither have been very specific, and in particular the president really going on the attack against mitt romney the other night. do you think he's really laid out a vision of what he wants to do for the next four years? >> no, he hasn't. and neither has mitt romney. neither one of these candidates have told americans, okay, you're having problems right now, this has been the roughest four years you've had in your entire adult lifetime, we were just talking on the set with steve rattner today, this may be the first time that we've had growth below 2% four years in a row since the 1930s. but mitt romney's a challenger. when people go into the voting booth, they're going to be looking at the guy that's been running the country over the past four years and there's a very simple decision to make. do i rehire him or try the other guy? and really, the burden of proof is on the guy that's been in the white house for the past four years. are his policies working? and where is he going to take us over the next four years. for some reason, savannah, i'm not really sure why, both campaigns decided a year ago that they were not going to be specific about the future. and i think right now that's costing the president a bit more than it's costing mitt romney. >> so the answer to that question is, are his policies working? yes, they are, housing prices are up, unemployment is down, consumer confidence is up, foreclosures are down. the list goes on. >> all right. >> and the president claims he wants to build this economy from the middle out. if you look at the manufacturing numbers, that shows. if you look at the auto industry -- >> mika -- mika's going to the senate. she's filibustering. savannah. >> there's a reason you have a three-hour show. and i just got three minutes. >> all right. >> dogs and cats living together, the bad four years ahead. thank you for that. >> enjoy the rest of your show. joe scarborough, mika brzezinski, great to have you. >> you can't take her out anywhere. >> it's going to be a long afternoon there. >>> let's get the other top stories of the morning from natalie over at the news desk. good morning. >> good morning, everyone. wild weather in our nation's midsection overnight in mississippi and tennessee, emergency officials say a severe storm toppled trees, power lines, and damaged mobile homes. and at least five preliminary reports of tornadoes touching down in the area. power outages have thousands of residents in the dark this morning across mississippi and arkansas. meantime, out west in denver, crews are working to restore power after high winds knocked down power lines. >>> progress overnight for crews battling a vicious wildfire just outside santa barbara, california. evacuation orders have now been lifted after firefighters launched an aggressive air and ground attack with the help of tamer than predicted winds. the fire had been threatening about 100 homes at its height. >>> new evidence that taking a daily multi-vitamin pill can reduce cancer risk for middle-aged and older men. researchers studied 15,000 men over age 50 for 11 years and found that those taking the daily vitamin cut their risk of several types of cancer by 8%. >>> well, this year's deadly west nile virus outbreak is now the second worst in our nation's history. the total number of cases has now topped 4,500 and another 15 deaths were reported last week alone due to the mosquito-bourn disease. >>> mary thompson at the new york stock exchange for us. good morning. >> european summit, investors are expressing little progress on dealing with the region's debt crisis. earnings in focus as tech giants microsoft and google report their results after the bell. and a late-day rally helped the dow eke out a small gain. 2/3 of the graduating class of 2011 left college in debt. on average owed $26,000. that's a 5% increase from 2010. back to you. >> mary thompson at the new york stock exchange, thank you. >>> and in politics, as you know, it's better to be up than down. well, julia gillard, high heels, really delivered a low blow in new delhi when her shoe got stuck in soft grass at the ghandi memorial. she explained she is fine, but unlike men who get to wear flat shoes all day, being a female leader has one extra challenge. one that we certainly can relate to, savannah gurthrie. >> we certainly can. >> still not easy. >> no, no. >> at least once a year. >> exactly. >>> well, we've got this strong storm system up over the great lakes causing problems on both sides of the country. behind the system, we've got really windy weather and a lot of wet weather to talk about. we've got wind and heavy wind watches, wind gusts of over 50 to 60 miles per hour. we've got high wind warnings and high wind watches and then ahead of the front, warmer weather and stormier weather from charleston all the way up to pittsburgh. the risk of strong storms. not looking at tornado out of this, but a lot of rain and wind and hail. the heaviest rain along the southeastern atlantic coast about 2 to 3 inches of rain. >>> 7:19 now. taking a live look over the embarcadero. look at this gorgeous sunrise setting up for us. we've got a gorgeous beach day ahead. it's going to be downright warm in san francisco. 84 degrees there. 94 in livermore and 93 degrees today down in gilroy. temperatures are going to tumble the next few days. look at this, down to the 80s tomorrow, the 70s by saturday. we bring in the rain-cooled air sunday into monday and then tuesday, wednesday 60s inland. >>> and that's your latest weather. matt? >> thank you very much. >>> lance armstrong has taken some major new blows in the latest fallout from that doping scandal surrounding the legendary cyclist. anne thompson is here with more on that story. >> good morning, matt. it's been a brutal 24 hours for lance armstrong. he's been dropped by his big-name sponsors, nike, anheuser-busch, and trek cycles. and he stepped aside live strong. now some are wondering if live strong can survive. >> reporter: for cancer survivors, lance armstrong embodied triumph. but no more. nike ended its relationship with armstrong pointing to, quote, seemingly insurmountable evidence he doped. nike has long stood by athletes in trouble. kobe bryant accused of rape, tiger woods fiphilandering. david epstein said the reports portraying armstrong as a cheat and bully left nike with little choice. >> they had underestimated the amount of pressure brought to bear. there were ex-pro cyclists going physically to nike headquarters with signs saying drop lance. >> reporter: peter wears one of the live strong bracelets nike created. he read the anti-doping report. >> turns out lance wasn't honest. >> reporter: but the illinois wine store manager won't drop the wristband or the charity. >> live strong to me is a motto and something that we all need to aspire to. especially those that are afflicted with cancer. >> reporter: since august, when the agency moved to strip armstrong of his cycling title, live strong officials say donations have actually increased by $250,000. armstrong has always denied doping. but the scandal won't go away. in a statement, armstrong said, to spare the foundation any negative effects as a result of my cycling career, i will conclude my chairmanship. >> i worry that people will see this as a sign of weakness when it's truly a sign of leadership. and it's truly a statement that this organization and mission means more to lance and his family. >> in a statement armstrong said he and his family will remain active advocates for cancer survivors and engaged supporters in the fight against cancer. charity watchers say there are tough days ahead for live strong, but they believe the charity and its mission will outlast the scandal tainting its founder, matt. and including those sponsors who dropped armstrong, they're going to continue to support live strong. >> all right. anne thompson, thanks very much. >>> and coming up, a warning for parents, the adhd drug that's become a popular and dangerous study solution on college campuses. >>> and the desperate battle to save the endangered orangutan. thirty-eight. schools. trouble, we all should help out. under thirty-eight they do. more a year. bucks. money for schools. every school dollar must be... spent on student learning. student wins. vote yes on thirty-eight. >>> just ahead, what matt left behind in west virginia years ago. the 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[ male announcer ] eggo nutri-grain waffles. you know it's made with 8 grams of whole grain and is a good source of fiber. all they know is it tastes great. eggo nutri-grain waffles. >>> the time now is 7:26. good morning, vsh, i'm jon kelley. the site of an early morning house fire is now a crime scene. this is near the 580/238 interchange. it happened early this morning. after wawards they did find a b inside. they aren't sure how the person died but are calling the scene suspicious. investigators are expected to be at the scene most of the morning. nobody else is being reported inside that home. police not saying exactly who died, but neighbors say a retired san francisco firefighter did live there with his girlfriend. investigators telling nbc bay area they are not far enough into the investigation to determine if this is in fact a homicide. >>> right now let's take it outside an see what's happening on this friday eve. christina loren here to look at another hot forecast. >> yeah, last day of the extreme heat. temperatures are going to be warming up and comfortable enough for you to sit on the warm sand of the beach. in san francisco, 61 degrees, headed towards the 80s. we're at 53, grab a jacket in san jose. as high pressure is in control our air quality could be much worse but we still have good to moderate air quality. you might notice a layer of haze throughout the day. we'll have better air quality in the weekend. 94 for livermore, 84 in fremont and 84 degrees in san francisco. so we could be talking about temperature records as we head throughout the day, but this is it. by tomorrow 86 degrees. we'll shave off another 5 to 8 degrees saturday into sun. the low 70s and showers early next week. mike, any improvement out there? >> you know, yes and no. 101 right here through palo alto where we had an earlier sig alert, that cleared just before 7:00 and so things are moving much nicer northbound with those headlights coming toward us. southbound jam-up traditional at university. farther north san mateo, an early backup for both directions and coming off of the san mateo bridge for west 92 right around the interchange. very congested here on this side of the bay. 880 still slow and slow drive after an earlier accident at the toll plaza for the san mateo bridge. cleared, but there's still backups southbound coming out of the area. also south bay, there's your northbound slowing. >>> check us out on nbc bay area on facebook, back in a half hour. ♪ an economic issue ♪ obama care >> we're back now at 7:30 on a thursday morning, october 18th, 2012 with a creative look at this week's second presidential debate from youtube star the gregory brothers. we're going to hear more of this video in just a little while. candy crowley playing a mean keyboard in this one. >>> meanwhile, inside studio 1a, i'm matt lauer alongside savannah gurthrie. >> it's hilarious. >>> also ahead, do you pose for your family picture ever do anything interesting? well, a group of siblings does. they've got this running tradition and it goes back 23 years. they always strike that same silly pose. it's fun and it's also helped them through difficult times. they'll be here to tell us how it all started. and they are ready for their close-up. they've got their picture. >>> magnificent creatures that are disappearing. their habitat being destroyed for a product a lot of people use in our homes. it's for a food product. we're going to show you what's being done to save the orangutan. >>> but let us begin with a growing problem on college campuses. a drug that some kids are taking, even dealing that may surprise you. nbc's kate snow takes a look for tonight's "rock center." >> if you ask teenagers or a 20-something, they all know what an addy is, almost viewed as a form of caffeine or red bull. but one ivy league student learned the hard way, it's not something to mess around with. >> reporter: it was exam time at columbia university, stefan perez was in the library struggling to study with a friend. >> i told him, you know, i can't concentrate. he said this is what you need and pulls out this pill. >> what kind of pill? >> an adderall pill from his prescription. >> adderall, it's a drug we've all heard about, widely prescribed for attention deficit disorders. but this isn't a story about adhd, it's a story of an ambitious student and many, many more who have misused adderall to get an edge. >> i had this tunnel vision, everything else was not in my zone. it was just me and my books and whatever i had to do. and i was just scanning pages like a machine. >> taking it all in? >> yeah, i wouldn't even want to get up and drink water. >> they call it the college crack, they call it the study drug, the focus. when you hear those terms, you know right there people are talking about adderall. >> reporter: robert l. hill, special agent with the federal drug enforcement administration says students who abuse adderall don't seem to realize the risk they're taking. >> it's treated as the same class as cocaine as oxycodone. you can be charged with a felony because you're violating the law. >> how easy is it to get this stuff? >> almost as easy as buying books at the bookstore. >> wipe don't kids think this is a big deal? this is a controlled substance. >> because you're doing very well. when you're taking it most of the time. >> reporter: and before long, stefan said he wanted ready access to his own supply. >> i said, how did you get that prescription? he said, oh, go to psychological health services, they give it out like it's candy. >> he made an appointment and got his own prescription. we asked columbia for an interview, the university declined to comment on this case. but in a statement said, its student health service uses a detailed clinical protocol for evaluation of adhd and related conditions and takes a wholistic approach toward treatment including short-term counseling. stefan says he shared his pills, even sold some to other students, a mistake that came back to haunt him one night in december 2010. >> it was an explosive bang that followed by this that knocked my door down. i was like, whoa. >> it was an early morning raid, stefan was caught up in a drug bust. the nypd's operation ivy league. >> in the end, stefan pleaded guilty to selling adderall, did 300 hours of community service. columbia expelled him. he also suffered mood swings and other side effects on adderall and he wanted to tell his story in part so other students would recognize it's a dangerous drug, it's not something to play around with, and he wants people to learn from his mistakes. >> that's important information. and by the way, if you want to see more of kate's story about adderall, that's tonight on "rock center with brian williams" at 10:00/9:00 central time. >>> we'll get a check of the weather from al. >> thank you so much, savannah. and we've got a big change coming out west. not only is it windy, but it is chilly. look at these temperatures behind this big low pressure area. we're talking about 49 in casper, that's 11 degrees below normal, st. louis, 62, 56 in chicago, seven degrees below normal. the rest of the country, we expect to see temperatures that are a little bit warmer as you make your way out west, central california, 80s and 90s, 80s down through the gulf coast, 40s, though, stretching all the way into the central plains. and we do have a risk of strong storms along the mid-atlantic states on into the appalachians and look for a lot of wet weather in the upper great lakes. afternoon showers move into the pacific northwest, the sunshine continues in the southwest where it's going to be warmer than usual on into southern california. that's what's goin >>> we have a very warm day shaping up. good morning, i'm meteorologist christina loren. full sunshine from the coast all the way through your interior east bay cities. this is san jose, a little hazy. we're headed towards about 86 degrees here. it's going to be much warmer than average for this time of year. 94 in liver mmorlivermore, 90 i. 85 degrees in san francisco today. tomorrow everything changes. we bring your temperatures down 10 degrees. we keep dropping into the weekend and showers arrive monday into tuesday. >>> don't forget, you can get that weather any time you need it. go to weather.com. >>> still ahead, one of the women shaping american fashion. we're going to go behind the scenes of her $2 billion empire. >>> but up next, why some of the products you use each day are threatening an entire species of orangutans. 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i was impressed. >> not yet. >> 1999 this started, right? >> '89. >> just a typical family picture. and who decided this should be done every single year? >> it was a group decision. we decided we'll do it year after year wherever we were. >> you've done it at weddings, all kinds of settings. but you all agree there are two that are particularly special over the years. why? >> field of dreams, because the president of field of dreams, significant to us. and so we really enjoyed having that picture. and second one, when our mom passed away, we went on the beach in galveston and were able to do it there the day she passed away. >> what does this tradition mean to you? there's a silliness to it and it's also touching. >> just kind of fun, i think the fact we can do something and we can be silly and completely shameless and have a good time. and we do it anywhere we go in front of anybody any time. >> on the "huffington post" and as a result of we had a couple of friends on our show who also did the same pose, and you all realized you had the same kind of thing going here. and you guys got great reaction. a lot of people commented about your relationship really, about how close you all are. is that really the tie that binds keeps you guys together here? >> i think that's the best part about it. >> as we've grown up, we've been closer. >> you guys strike the pose now? >> we're going to take the picture. >> you haven't done the 2012 version yet? >> we have not. >> let's get together. >> all right. we want a little of the "today" show studio in it. how long can you hold that pose? here we go. >> focus, matt, focus. >> all right. >> good one. >> go back. you can let that go now. is that good? my thumb in there. >> they suggested in my ear that we start a tradition like that. no. >> we're not wearing the right things today. >> not happening. >> thanks so much. and we're back with cee-lo green, but first your local news. how you doing? alright, alright. now this is a party. what is that? go, go, go. mmm. give me some of that sauce. i don't know, i think i might bail. yeah, it's pretty dead. 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they saw it from sacramento to santa cruz. nbc bay area the only station with this surveillance video from the lick observatory. you can see it right there across on the top. people we spoke to say, yes, it looked like a giant fireball. this morning scientists are just trying to figure out exactly where all the pieces may have landed from this meteor. there have been no reports so far of fire or damage on the ground, and fortunately nobody was hurt. a chp officer says only one person called in to report that event. can you imagine that? like a vw bug flying across the sky. christina loren, what kind of weather should we be looking for on this day? >> it's going to be hot but get it while you still can. tomorrow temperatures drop off by 10 degrees. we're starting out in the 60s in san francisco headed towards the 80s. very rare to hit the 80s in san francisco, but that will be the case today. 54 to start you out in san jose. it's going to be pretty comfortable here. i'm going about 86 degrees in san jose. now, we still have a red flag warning in place that should expire right on time in just three minutes from now at 8:00 a.m. as we are seeing much improved conditions. it's still rather dry but the winds have relaxed. 94 degrees in livermore, 84 in fremont, 84 degrees today in san francisco. we'll have your seven-day outlook in just four minutes. let's check on your drive with mike. >>> well, we have a slow drive, san mateo bridge, look at this, it's almost stopped on the right-hand side away from us. sounds like a disabled vehicle somewhere across the flat section. i saw a truck headed to the area, hopefully to make that a quicker move. we're looking at the slowdown on the maps all down 880, across the bridge itself and south out of san leandro into fremont. san mateo really tied up. no incidents reported for 101 around 92 but all red there. of course your northbound routes in san jose, jon. back to you. >> a little rough out there, thank you very much. the latest traffic and news updates, check us out on nbc bay area on facebook. >>> 8:00 now on this thursday morning. it's the 18th of october, 2012. and right now, our crowd is getting a celebrity greeting, that's cee-lo green, "the voice" fame. he's here with the crowd. in a few moments, he's going to hang out with matt. >> that's right. >> it's going to be cool. >> we'll be talking to him coming up. >>> good morning, everyone, i'm savannah gurthrie alongside matt lauer and al roker. >> eight years ago, tory burch was a young lady working out of her apartment. today her fashion empire is worth about $2 billion. billion dollars. we're going to hear from the mogul and busy mom and the legal battle with her ex-husband that her company is now facing. >>> and you may or may not remember or know, matt used to live and work in west virginia. >> that's right. huntington and charleston. >> well, you left something behind, and we're going to find out from a state official what it was you left behind. >> brought to our attention this morning, an article. >> in the "wall street journal" saying matt lauer has something in west virginia that he left behind. right? >> well, we're going to get to the bottom of it. >> i promise you, it's not. >> your mind does reel if you think about it. >>> natalie? >> good morning, matt, savannah, and al, good morning, everyone. a young man who came to the u.s. on a student visa in january is charged with trying to set off a bomb near new york's ground zero. 21-year-old quazi nafis from bangladesh was arrested on wednesday caught in an fbi sting operation trying to detonate what he thought was a real car bomb at the federal reserve building in lower manhattan. nafis has allegedly tried to recruit others to join him in his jihad, but police believe he acted alone. >>> just days after the almost hostile second debate, president obama and mitt romney appeared together tonight at a new york political gala where candidates trade humorous one-liners. but on the campaign trail wednesday, both men were still sparring, especially for women's votes. and romney's son tagg jokes he wanted to, quote, take a swing at president obama during tuesday's debate. >>> airline passengers are getting credit for saving the life of another traveler who wasn't even on the plane. sarah james has more on this rescue at sea. >> reporter: welcomed with a tearful embrace from mom and dad after a remarkable rescue at sea. >> i was very, very concerned. >> reporter: last week, the 44-year-old sailor was 270 miles off the coast of sidney, australia when he hit stormy seas, a monster 70-foot wave lifted his yacht. >> it picked me up and rolled me over. >> reporter: the veteran sailor righted his craft. no sails and fuel running out, he activated his emergency beacon hoping someone would find him. >> good morning, ladies and gentlemen, it's your captain speaking. >> reporter: turns out rescue came thanks to sharp-eyed strangers. passengers aboard an air canada jumbo jet diverted in route from vancouver. passengers were asked to look out their window. several spotted the tiny craft in the ocean. his location pinpointed a rescue vehicle eventually arrived, a two-day mission ending days of anxiety for one mom. >> my prayers have been answered. that's what i said to him. >> reporter: as for glenn, he says the little things seem pretty wonderful right now. >> after a week afloat, two weeks, something like a milkshake is extremely appealing. >> reporter: for "today," sarah james, nbc news, melbourne, australia. >>> and here's brian williams for a look at what's coming up tonight on "nbc nightly news." >> coming up for you tonight, the folks in one part of this country who are discovering just how much the property is worth beneath their homes. we'll introduce you to some instant millionaires. that and more when we join you tonight for "nightly news." for now, back to you. >>> and for a look at what's trending today, our quick round-up of what has you talking online. forget charlie sheen, his replacement on "two and a half men" ashton kutcher is now tv's highest paid actor. he earned $24 million just last year. behind kutcher are hugh laurie and ray ramano at $18 million a piece. alec baldwin and mark harman earned $15 million. >>> she is flashing her new figure in "shape" magazine, pink lost 55 pounds after the birth of her daughter in june thanks to yoga and a vegetarian diet. >>> and be sure to drain the pool this winter so you don't end up like this german ice man who was hoping for a breakthrough. >> my new dance -- >> ahh, it hurts to watch. fortunately, he didn't seem to injure much more than his pride or his speedo for that matter. it's 8:05 right now. let's go back out to al for a check of the weather for us. hey, al. >> today's weather is brought to you by the makers of centrum. >> everybody who saw that, we all went, oh, that's going to leave a little bit of a mark. ouch, it hurt. let's see what we've got as far as your weather for today. pick city of the day, midland, texas. news west 9, sunny, mild, 78 degrees. we look today for showers and thunderstorms, especially down through the southeast. we've got a little mix of rain and snow back through minneapolis. look at that. we are talking about a big low pressure system spinning around, going to cause some problems. let's see underneath the clouds and radar we go. show you we're looking at a risk of strong storms. expect to see along the mid-atlantic states, we've got partly sunny skies, showers and thunderstorms back through the west. and we're expecting plenty of sunshine here in the northeast. but rain comes later today. that's what's . >>> we have some rain on the way, as well, but we have to get through the heat wave before we can enjoy the cool refreshing showers. 8:06. glassy conditions on the bay. our fire danger not quite as elevated as it was overnight. still hot. 86 in san jose and 84 in san francisco. >> and that's your latest weather. >> all right. >>> well, as you said, there's unclaimed property for our friend matt in west virginia. this is from where he started his television career in 1979. any excuse to show this video. >> yeah, that's great. >> as matt went on to bigger things, he apparently left some money behind. he left something behind. >> along with his hair. >> we had no idea about this until we happened to see it in the newspaper this morning. it was pointed out to us. and now on the phone, west virginia's treasurer john purdue. good morning, thank you for being with us. >> good morning to you. west virginia is a beautiful, beautiful state as you well know. >> i miss it, mr. treasurer, great to hear from you. so can you give me a hint? what did i leave behind there? >> is it money? >> matt left a little money behind here. you ought to come back, he could at least have a dinner here in west virginia. he could make a claim on our west virginia treasurer site. he left a total of $65 here in -- >> what was it in? a checking account or a savings account? >> that's correct. it was in a checking aount you left here in bank one. >> wow. >> did you try to reach out to matt? we just read about it in the paper. >> did you know where he was? >> we tried to reach out, but we -- but, you know, the "wall street journal" did a better job of finding him than we did. >> well, this is -- >> i was going to say, is that $65 with interest in all that time? >> no, there's no interest. that is his $65 he left here. and we want him to come back to west virginia and claim that money, but he could do an eclaim on our site, which is simple to do. and we'd love for him to come back and enjoy west virginia again here. >> i will do that, mr. treasurer. thank you very much for calling this to my attention. we're going to take that amount, increase it substantially and we're going to make a donation to the united way of central west virginia if that's okay with you. >> oh, that would be fantastic. that's a great 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[girls laugh] poor you. ha ha! announcer: they want to help but don't know how. bully: see? no one here's gonna help you... announcer: teach your kids how to be more than a bystander. visit stopbullying.gov. >>> back now at 8:19 with five-time grammy winning singer, songwriter, producer, and soon to be author, cee-lo green and one of the celebrity coaches on nbc's hit show "the voice." good morning. welcome to our version of the voice here in studio 1a. good to see you. >> you too. >> you look like you're having fun. >> i am. >> more fun than you thought it would be? >> it's about as much fun i thought it would be. i knew it would be a learning experience and i'm having fun so it's fun and fundamental. >> we are at that part of the season now where you start to get a good sense of who is out there and what kind of talent you have on your team. is there someone who stands out right now you think has a good chance to win this whole thing? >> last week, there was a battle in particular that was really impressive between two of my teammates and it was between amanda and trevon. and it was unfortunate because i didn't realize amanda was so talented, but i knew trevon was obviously a front-runner. >> explain for people who maybe haven't been following closely, the new concept this year is the steal. so you put two people together in duet, one of them gets the better grade, they go on, and then the other coaches can steal the one who doesn't go on. >> that's right. this new installment has added a new dynamic and depth to the show. and, yes, it makes it exciting. >> it's perfectly feasible that someone who gets stolen from you could go on and win the whole thing. >> exactly. >> that's not going to feel good if that happens. >> isn't it ironic? >> that's right. tell me about lady who is the salmon-colored cockatoo you seem to have instant chemistry with. how did that start? >> well, you know, i'm very affectionate toward animals and lady just -- when we met, it was kind of very instant. and she's a star. she's an extension of me, and style, and sense of humor. >> you talk about an extension of you. and you've got other projects in the works. you've got a christmas album coming out. >> i do. >> you worked with friends on that. >> yes. >> like? >> sir rod stewart, christina aguilera joining me, and also the muppets. >> what was it like to work with the muppets? we've done that around here a couple of times. it can be a little chaotic. >> they're surreal. to have grown up with them, you know, and to be that close to them and see the commitment of the people that make them come to life, very commendable. >> you're writing a book, writing a memoir, and it's personal, deeply personal. and one of the things i don't know people know about you, you lost both of your parents by the time you were 18 years old. there's no way that doesn't impact a person. >> yes. >> how has it impacted you? >> positively. positively. i do have a stronger sense of purpose and focus and discipline and obedience. and i do feel like i'm honoring the legacy of my mother and father. >> i'm sure they'd be very proud of you. by the way, you're leaving the show or taking a hiatus. >> i'm taking a hiatus for season four and coming back for season five. that's been misconstrued on occasion. i'll be back. >> getting back to your day job. >> yeah. a little while, yeah. >> always good to have you here. >> thank you. >> appreciate it very much. >> my pleasure. >> and you can catch "the voice" monday and tuesday nights 8:00/7:00 central time right here on nbc. >>> let's get some birthday wishes now from mr. willard scott. >> hey, listen, if you haven't tried it yet, you better do it orchard's finest from smuckers, unbelievable. happy birthday, how sweet it is. take a look, if you will. we have some birthday buddies today. here is clara oxholm, 106 years old today. enjoy celebrating her danish heritage. boy, they make some good food, especially the danish. danish danish. look at anne valack from richmond, virginia, right down the road, really 100 miles from us right now. and she is celebrating her 100th birthday. an avid sports fan and loves the "today" show. crazy about matt. she said she'd leave home for matt. marion lasell. i remember when i was a kid, i always wanted a lasell. 100 years old today. eats peanut butter, hope it's smuckers, that way you'll live forever. we have martha, beautiful martha dail from washington, d.c. i know that town, it's right here where we're sitting. part of the same land. she loves baseball and apple pie, can't be more american than that. how about nate sheckman, 100 years old today, secret to longevity, a little scotch about 5:00 in the evening when the sun is hanging over the yard. anyway, happy birthday, nate. good name. god love you. florence, oh, that's a nice name, florence westerland. grass valley, california, 104, and she loves to he outdoors. exercise outdoors in california, live forever. edythe levine 100 years old today, reads the newspaper every day. crazy about politics. how about you? in this city, they're crazy about -- got to be crazy to be in politics. anyway, back to new york. >> all right, willard, thank you very much. >>> just ahead, bobby teaches savannah chicken recipes. e . >>> good thursday morning to you. an early morning house fire has now turned into a crime scene. firefighters put out a fire on san carlos in castro valley early this morning. after that, they found a body inside. they're not sure how that person died. no one else was in the home. police are not saying who died, but neibors say a retired san francisco firefighter lived there with hisors say they're n far enough into the investigation to determine if this is an actual homicide. let's check the commute. >> we have a slow drive. very heavy throughout the south bay. this is 280 north coming toward 880. the red strip is north 280. 85 and 101 also throw, but not quite so pad. and a slower drive south 880 out of the east bay. fremont, union city, all very slow. an earlier accident has cleared, but still slow in through san ramon. back to you. >>> and thank you for joining us for the latest traffic and news updates. thirty-eight mean? funding. restores what we've lost... music and science labs. and your school. can get a world-class education. and sacramento can't touch it. me? the sky's my limit. >>> it's 8:30 now on a thursday morning. it's the 18th of october, 2012. it's a great morning here in new york. bright sunshine, moderate temperatures, and people riding on other people's shoulders. they don't even know each other. >> i know. >> i'm matt lauer along with savannah gurthrie. natalie morales and al roker. and coming up, we have been waiting for this all day. more of savannah's cooking. >> i learned a lot yesterday. i don't know if you did. we learned sauces and chopping an onion, a new technique for that or any technique. >> chicken has bones. >> well, i learned what those bones looked like. today, we're going to cook the chicken. we have a couple of recipes. bobby claims they are no-fail. no fail for him. >> yeah. i know. my results may vary. >>> okay. also ahead in the fashion world. you know youth is usually revered. but one photographer actually sees beauty very differently. focusing his camera on some stylish women in their 70s and up. we're going to talk to him and meet three of his stunning models joining us, as well. >> those are ladies with style right there. >> absolutely. >> they wear it proudly. >>> and on a more serious note. october is bullying month. bullying prevention month i should say. let's take a unique look at a high school, from someone who was targeted and some of the kids who did the bullying. a story that all parents and kids need to see. >> we don't always get that perspective. it's a good story. we have that just ahead. but we should get a check of the weather. >> looking ahead to the weekend starting with tomorrow, we've got wet weather, heavy rain in the northeast, and the pacific northwest. in between, hot weather, sunny skies through the gulf coast, showers around the ohio river valley. on saturday, rain in new england and the pacific northwest. cool conditions around the great lakes, rest of the country looking pretty good. sunday, sunday! sunny skies along the eastern seaboard, mountain snows in the cascades, sunny and warm, texas on into the southwest. >>> 8:32. get a mental picture of this. beautiful conditions. almost glassy out here on the bay. this is the embark daspectaculae for one more today. we're at 94 in livermore, 93 fairfield, 85 oakland. 84 a rare treat for everybody in the city. tomorrow we take temperatures down by ten degrees. the 70s return and then rain early next week. >>> and if you need that weather, check it out on the weather channel on cable or weather.com online. >>> marlowe thomas is here with a story about bullying from the perspective of the victim and her tormenter. >>> back now at 8:35. we've heard many stories from victims of bullying and the profound effect it can have on the lives of kids. well, this morning, marlowe thomas is here with a unique perspective on this terrible problem, one we don't often get to see. good morning to you. >> good morning. we're going to take you inside an incident of bullying and look at it from all sides. the victim, the bullies and their parents. but the kids doing the tormenting and the choices they make. they may surprise you. >> reporter: in the small town of central ohio, it's not surprising that the lives of these two young people crossed paths. for elizabeth and scott, they live just a dozen miles apart. >> we started hanging out and talking. >> we had a good time. >> reporter: but elizabeth who also goes by eliza didn't expect was for scott's close-knit group of friends to viciously attack her. >> they automatically hated eliza, they were jealous i was with her. >> including his best friend tyler gregory. >> we judged her by her pictures without even knowing who she was. >> the taunting began online. via text and on phone calls. >> they started telling me that i'm very ugly and i look like a troll and i felt like all my self-confidence was ripped out. >> her feelings weren't on our minds at all. >> tyler's mom melanie gregory discovered some of his facebook postings and told him to stop. >> i was devastated because i'm like, what am i doing wrong? why is he doing this? >> then the harassment took a shocking turn. during a call, another friend of scott and tyler's got on the line. >> that girl got on the phone and told me that i should kill myself. i wanted to give up. i thought everything was gone. >> it's hard to hear because she's my child and i think she's absolutely gorgeous. >> she said she never wanted to speak to me again. >> reporter: like many victims, elizabeth rarely stood face-to-face with those who tormented her. a new survey shows 70% of students witnessed bullying online. the awareness of the issue is on the rise. this video was created by two students hoping to get teens to stop victimizing their peers. its producers, scott and tyler. >> this was four or five months after having spoken to eliza. we were listening to the radio and they were talking about the suicide of a boy named jamie. >> reporter: the 14-year-old's suicide in 2011 came after excessive online bullying. >> his death really touched me because it really could be anyone. and the eliza situation clicked when i heard that. >> reporter: last spring, scott and tyler were asked to be spokespeople for an anti-bullying campaign. they accepted but initially kept their history with elizabeth a secret. >> i was ashamed of my past. but then i realized that this could be a positive experience for others who might be bullying somebody. and if something were to happen, you would have to live with that guilt for the rest of your life. >> reporter: last month, scott and tyler apologized to elizabeth. >> i want to believe in my heart they've changed and they're not going to do this to anyone else. >> it's wrong how you're putting other people down to lift yourself up. we found that lifting people up lifts us up even more than putting people down. >> reporter: elizabeth has put the incident behind her. and was recently nominated to her school's junior homecoming court. >> my dad tried to be there for me telling me you're going to get through this. that is just a mountain that i've climbed and on the top of the world. nothing can bring me down now. >> of course, we want to applaud the kids for being honest and shows that even quote unquote good kids get involved in something like this. why did you want to bring attention to it? >> because it all feels so helpless. you read about this epidemic, and kids being brutalized, kids killing themselves, and now there is really something we can do. today we're launching a campaign called be more than a bystander. and a whole wonderful group of people, the department of education, the ad council, aol, facebook, our foundation have all gotten together to launch this campaign to say to kids, you know, kids are seeing 80% of children are seeing a bullying incident at least once a week. >> and what are kids supposed to do? >> they don't know what to do. the parents should start telling them, this what you can do. you can try to remove the child that's being bullied from the situation. find a parent or parent or teacher and find them what's going on. and when you see a child bullying at school, include them, smile at them, be kind to them. and being isolated is what's really so tortuous for them. don't give the bully an audience. the problem is that parents aren't really talking to their children. they're kind of waiting for their children to come to them. >> i was going to ask you about parents. we saw that mom in the piece and our hearts go out to her. she's horrified her son could be involved. >> she had no idea her child was a bully and found out about it and took it seriously. you have to take it seriously as a family issue. and if your child is being bullied, they don't want to tell. they're embarrassed. the best thing we can do now is get to the bystander. that's really the focus of this campaign and say you can do something about it. because most kids aren't either the bully or being bullied, they're the bystander. >> and wouldn't want them to be passive bystanders. >> that's right. >> and i should mention a quick congratulations is in order. you were just honored with the freedom award from the national civil rights museum. >> thank you. >> congratulations to you. well-deserved and well-earned. >> thank you. >>> coming up next, three very fashionable women prove that age is nothing but a state of mind. we'll talk to them. but first, this is "today" on nbc. >>> when we think of fashion models, young women in their teens and 20s probably come to mind. but one photographer is hoping to change that. he spends his day photographing women in their 70s, 80s and yes, beyond, who pride themselves in looking fabulous every day. it's all part of a book called "advanced style," and ari is here along with ira, elona, and the spring chicken of the group, 79-year-old lindell. good morning. great to see you. how did this start? you were 31 years old, how did you decide to make a name for yourself photographing senior style icons? shall we say it that way? >> yeah, of course. i started four years ago, but i grew upeing very close to my grandmother. so i've always had an appreciation for older people. and when i moved to new york, i saw all these amazing women dressed up living their lives to the fullest. and i wanted to put a focus on older women. >> so you just walked down the street and you have your camera with you and you approach these women? is that how it works? >> well, i knew about iris before, but elona and lindell, i met them on the street. >> did it take convincing to have your photos taken? or yes right off the bat. >> yes, right off the bat. >> you like this concept? >> i think it's wonderful he's doing this for us. not only for us, but for all those poor ladies out there who think that after a certain age they have to roll up and die or look like they're wearing widows weeds. >> 91, fashion icon, you shot to superstardom back in 2005 when the metropolitan museum of arts showcased your wardrobe in a major exhibition. how do you describe your style? >> i'm a geriatric starlet. >> a geriatric starlet. do you put a lot of effort into this every single day? >> no, no, no -- it all comes from here. i don't think about it, i just feel it. and as the spirit moves me, i dress. i walk around in jeans most of the time. but when i dress up, i like to dress up. >> take it a little bit further. you're 92, right? >> yep. >> your an artist based in new york and you've become famous for your hand-made eyelashes. >> that's one of the things. >> how do you describe your style? >> natural. when i see the weather's cold, i take a sweater, but whatever i do, i collect colors and i thread colors around it that match. i call it creative dressing. >> what keeps you going, elona at this age in so many different directions. i think you're a cabaret performer, as well, aren't you? >> that's true. i tell little stories, you know, and i do little bit of, you know, a little -- >> a little kick, a little song and dance. >> when i get up in the morning, i feel, i move my hips, i say, oh, i'm alive. >> you're ready to go. >> i'm ready to go. >> it's a positive attitude. lindell, you're the youngster of this group, 79 years old. you own a boutique here in new york for the last 50 years. i like your signature line. i dress for the theater of my life every day. >> that's right. >> that's nice. >> tell me about that style. >> because i feel that living my life and dressing up is so wonderful, i'm so lucky that i'm in a business that i can dress up. i'm not a little secretary where i can't do it, i don't work in a law office. i can do anything i want. and it's wonderful to be around all these women who i can help dress and let them do their thing. >> a little personal experience i want to relate here. iris, i ran into you on the street one day, we passed each other. and what happened with me, and i wonder if you get this all the time. you make people smile. >> yes, exactly. >> i think that's very important. life is very gray, and i think when you dress up you feel happy. >> that's how i noticed them. they made me happy and showing their photos makes women who tend to feel invisible after a certain age makes them happy and shows them they can dress up and feel good. >> iris' rule, by the way, if your hair is done proper willly you're wearing good shoes, you can get away with anything. you live by that. >> i try. >> i want people to learn you don't have to give up, live your life to the fullest. i think there's so much focus on youth and look at these women in their 80s and 90s, it shows you there's hope out there. >> yeah. for the people who say the fashion industry is only for the young -- >> that's the problem, that's why the fashion business is not doing well. because they completely neglect our age. i'm 90, so i don't expect designers to go into that, but there's a huge market of people over 60 who can't find proper clothes to wear because they're bombarded, the designers, i know lots of them and they tell them youth, youth, youth. >> there are very few stores that carry things for women who have style. and who are women. >> just as you do for people on the street, ladies and ari, you're making me smile. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. >> ari, congratulations, your book is called "advanced style." >>> and up next, bobby flay teaches savannah no-fail chicken recipes. nice job. 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[ female announcer ] alta bates summit medical center and sutter health -- our story is you. ♪ >>> we're back at 8:51. it's day three of savannah's cooking school on wednesday. chef bobby flay taught me how to make stock, we chopped an onion. thank you very much. all about chicken. we're going to make two kinds of chicken. >> yeah. i think one of the first things people want to learn how to make. everybody should know how to roast a chicken. we're going to start by roasting a chicken. >> whole chicken. >> this is a whole chicken. and what i like to do to keep it simple, season it with salt and pepper very liberally. >> yep. >> got it. >> any salt work? coarse salt? >> i use kosher salt because it's got a nice flavor to it. i want you to take garlic and rosemary. >> just shove it in there? >> right. >> how far does it have to go? >> as far as you can get it in there is totally fine. >> i'm going to put these sprigs and shove it in there. >> that's rosemary. now here's a trick that not everybody does. you put a little oil in a roasting pan and you put it breast side down, okay. and what that's going to do is achieve a nice golden brown color. lots of times when you put a chicken in the oven to roast, it never gets that nice golden brown. >> exactly. >> that's what we do, we -- >> what kind of oil did you use? not oil is good for cooking. >> exactly. i like to use canola oil or light oil and extra virgin olive oil for salads and stuff. if we did this for four or five minutes, we get this nice crust on the outside, actually starts the chicken going and gives it a nice golden brown color. we want that. this goes in the oven for 50 or 60 minutes. and you want to check it -- >> now, this intimidates me because i'm afraid i'll serve raw chicken. >> what temperature do you think we want to cook it? >> i think it's 160. >> that's pretty good. you've been doing your research. >> i do try. >> so 155, you want to put it near the thigh. that's going to take the longest to cook, that's the dark meat, and 155, you take it out and let it rest so the juices stay intact when you cut it. >> sometimes i feel i put it in there in the oven, it's going to be the oven that makes it appear artificially hot. >> no, you're taking the internal temperature. >> okay. >> they definitely thought about that. >> all right. >> so you sort of tent it and let it rest for a while and you have this beautiful roasted chicken and take it apart, comes apart really easily, you can take the breast off. you should always know how to roast a chicken. that's 101. >> and the garlic and the rosemary gave it flavor. >> and that's simple, right? >> it is very simple. >> you can do that. >> is this supposed to feed four people? >> that's probably going to feed two people. if you have any left over, make chicken salad the next day, that's great. >> we could do a whole other day to carve that. >> now we're going to saute -- >> go that way. >> you want me to go this way? >> i don't know. >> my student's going rogue. these are just chicken breasts, boneless and skinless chicken breast, probably the most popular cut people buy in the stores, easy to find. again, lots of salt and pepper on both sides. you want the natural flavors of the chicken. and it's a canvas for lots of big flavors because it doesn't have a lot of flavor. >> and you put it in oil saute for how long? >> on one side, again, you see how nice and brown that is? you don't want pale-looking chicken. cook it on high heat for four minutes, turn it over and let it cook slowly and cook through. so now we have juices in here, which is a good thing. now i'm going to ask you to take mushrooms. you like mushrooms, right? >> my favorite. >> just throw them in there. >> what holy did you use? >> canola oil again. really simple. you need two kinds of oil in your house, canola oil and extra virgin olive oil. >> all right. >> season that with salt and pepper. >> all right. >> you're constantly going to be seasoning. that's one of the things, it's what i say to most of my cooks, did you season it on both sides with salt and pepper. >> how do you know you didn't overseason it. >> well, don't put too much in there. >> oh. >> this is what happens. when you start cooking, you get lots of -- >> i know, everybody's coming. >> come on over here. >> all right. >> don't get distracted. can you move now, al? >> yes. >> so our mushrooms have cooked. remember that chicken broth you made yesterday? >> yes. >> pour a little in there, and that's going to be called -- that's enough. that's going to be known as the glaze in the pan. all those bits from the chicken on the bottom, you want to scrape it from using the chicken stock, and that's going to give it moisture. there's a reason to make chicken stock, you want to use it the very next day. >> all right. >> now i'm going to have you to -- let's make a vinaigrette. do we have time? >> we do. >> dijon mustard, your favorite vinegar. keep going, that's good. pick up the extra virgin olive oil, pour that in there. >> the whole thing? >> i'll tell you in a second, three to one oil and vinegar. that's good. put salt and pepper in there. >> always season, bobby. always season. >> mushrooms right on top of the -- >>> good thursday morning to p. the bay area boy scout being denied an eagle scout rank because he's gay plans to file a possession with the council. he says he's asking the organization to reverse its decision to withhold its eagle scout award. the scouts say he's no longer eligible because of his sexual orientation. so far 123,000 people have pledged their support. >>> want to check the forecast now. >> good morning. 95 degrees inland today. 88 bay side and at the coast 80. tomorrow, we'll take the numbing do numberers down by ten years. rain by the weekend. you've mastered the art of rising and shining. you carry the weight of the world before carpool. you keep your cool in most uncool situations. all while looking really, really...good! there's no stopping you with natrol fast dissolve vitamins and supplements. you can take them without water, they dissolve up to 30 times faster than regular tablets and they come in great-tasting fruit flavors. count on natrol fast dissolve vitamins and supplements to support the greatness in you! >>> we're back now with more today on a thursday morning, 18th of october, 2012. a gorgeous day here in new york before the rain comes a little later on. that's okay. fall weather, we like it. nice to see people out on the plaza. we thank them for stopping by. we're in the kitchen where savannah's cooking school has been going on. i'm matt lauer along with savannah and al and bobby flay. >> we were talking about why we didn't tie the chicken legs together. >> that's next week. >> you didn't think i was up to tieing? >> no, but your roasted chicken is delicious. >> thank you. >> you're making us an entire dinner tomorrow. how are you going to do the show and the cooking? >> well, i'll pop up in the 7:30 half hour and make sure -- i'm going to do some chopping, dicing. >> you're going shopping today? >> yes. >> today? >> yeah. i've got my menu planned. but i'm actually going to cook. i'm doing it. bobby's not here. no training wheels, and then at 8:00, you guys will check in, i'll cook and we're going to eat at 8:45. >> i think you're going to do great. >> i hope so. i don't think i'm as bad as everyone thinks. >> no, definitely not. >> don't all disagree at once. >>> ceelo green sticking around. he's going to put in his two cents on some of the stories that have caught our eye today. all part of take three. >> and those chee-tos are part of it. >> love it. >>> also, halloween is just around the corner. if you haven't started decorating yet, we've got everything you need from magic mirrors to fog machines. everything to creep out all the trick-or-treaters. thing. and later, boosting your credit score. we'll separate fact from fiction to get you on the right financial path. >> let's get a check of the top stories of the morning. natalie's down at the news desk. >>> good morning, everyone. the 21-year-old man behind a foiled bomb plot is now behind bars without bail. officials say they nabbed quazi nafis wednesday morning in a sting operation in new york city when he parked a van with what he thought was a bomb outside the federal reserve building. the explosives were fake and his associates turned out to be undercover officers. nafis had come to the u.s. on a student visa in january from bangladesh and had allegedly tried to recruit others to join him in his jihad. but police believe he ultimately acted alone. terrorism authorities say the public was never in any danger. >>> president obama and republican rival mitt romney are trading barbs on the campaign trail. but some tough words are coming from the candidate's supporters romney's son tagg said in a radio interview he wanted to, quote, take a swing at president obama during this week's debate. he said it was a joke. meanwhile, bruce springsteen vows to campaign for the president in the battleground states. >>> sponsors are racing to dump lae armstrong after the seven-time tour de france winner stepped down from his cancer charity because of doping allegations against him. nike's decision came minutes later followed by anheuser-busch, 24-hour fitness and trek bicycles. others were considering cutting ties, as well. >>> u.s. military and japanese officials are investigating rape allegations. accused of raping and robbing a woman. the incident has sparked protests on okinawa where more than half the u.s. military personnel in japan are located. >>> wild weather in our nation's midsection overnight in mississippi and tennessee, emergency officials say a severe storm toppled trees, power lines, and damaged mobile homes in at least five preliminary reports of tornadoes in the area. power outages have thousands of residents in the dark this morning across mississippi and arkansas. meantime, out west in denver, crews are working there to restore power after high winds knocked down power lines. >>> progress overnight for crews battling a vicious wildfire outside santa barbara, california. evacuation orders have now been lifted after firefighters launched an aggressive air and ground attack with the help of tamer than predicted winds. the fire had been threatening about 100 homes at its height. >>> brazilian model has been chosen to wear the coveted fantasy bra in this year's victoria's secret fashion show. decorated with $2.5 million worth of gemstones, including a 20-carat white diamond. ambrosia said the honor made her want to scream. >>> if you ever thought about flying, daredevils jumped from a mountain in china during the first wing suit flying world championship. new mexico native jeb corliss was among the favorites, but a south african jumper took the top prize. >>> and dogs, well, they're just like us. so what really happens when they get their day started after you leave work? same old thing, they fight with the alarm clock, they throw on a shirt, do some dental hygiene, grab a bite for breakfast, of course, and then they hit the couch for some quality tv watching. time to change the channel, it's a dog's life all right. that's genius. it's now five minutes after the hour, love it. driving off to work. back over to al for another check of the weather. >> that is fantastic. oh, thanks so much, natalie. >>> all right. let's see what we've got for you. starting off, we've got this big system that is pushing its way from canada all the way down to texas. heavy rain down through the gulf coast. we've got showers also around the great lakes, behind the system, some wrap around snow coming in, high wind warnings, high wind watches and wind advisories from bismarck down to tulsa. and as we go ahead of the system, we've got a lot of warm air, moist air coming in, strong storms from charleston up to pittsburgh, the risk of not so much tornadoes, but a lot of wind, damaging hail and thunderstorms. rainfall amounts anywhere from 1 to 3 inches. stretching from new orleans all the way to wilmington, north >>> 9:06. we've had full sunshine since the sun came up just after 7:15 this morning. this is san jose. a little hazy. happy on report we're in the good to moderate range of air quality. it will be hot later on in livermore, 84 fremont, 86 in san jose. meanwhile 84 degrees in san francisco. that's what happens when you at the time the get the offshore f. tomorrow, ten degrees cooler. major cooling comes in to play monday into tuesday. >>> time now for "today's take 3," where we each give our take on three stories catching our attention. and sitting in with us today, this is an honor, five-time grammy winner ceelo green. >> hey, darling. >> you know what you're getting into? >> i think so. >> bring it like you always do. you're going to like this first one. usa today had an article, take one, year of the shirtless man. "elementary," "arrow," "last resort," and you keep seeing the toned male abs everywhere. we had the super bowl ad with david beckham shirtless. the price is right, male models. >> that's right. >> i support it. what about you? >> this does nothing for me. am i the only -- i'm not going to watch a show because a guy has no shirt on. >> see, i'm actually shirtless under this. >> i want a real show with a good script and plot and the whole bit. i guess it's extra eye candy. >> the idea of shows trying to stand out and trying to attract women. so perhaps that's the way to do it. >> but i actually do agree with natalie, i don't know -- do men think that women want to see shirtless men? or do women really want to see shirtless men. >> i don't know. >> i don't want to know either. >> i don't want to see shirtless men because it reminds me of how bad i look. >> we see that all the time. >> i think when shows resort to that, it's sort of like a desperate ploy. >> in other words -- would you and blake shelton go shirtless on "the voice?" >> they don't need to. >> not that close together. you know, in fact -- >> well, you've performed on our plaza, we've had some rappers here who have performed shirtless. we had l.l. cool j. >> yeah. >> he's always shirtless. >> yeah. >> he doesn't own any shirts. >> flo rida went shirtless too. >> i think i know who has his shirt. >> don nash's wife had flo rida's shirt. >> give us a verdict, are you pro-shirtless as a performer or no? >> i'm pro appropriation. if it's inappropriate not -- >> for example, when cy went shirtless, is this appropriate or not? >> let's see. >> yeah, that's not working for us, i don't think. love him, he's got plenty of style on his own. what did he say? he likes to dress cheesy. >> stay classy, dress cheesy. >> he's working this, isn't he? >> yeah. >> dress classy, dress classy, dance cheesy. now we've got it right. gangnam style. >> it's catchy. >> you know, obviously we're all focused on halloween now. two weeks away to that. but already talking christmas and ceelo has a great new christmas album coming out. >> i do. >> who are some of the performers on the album? >> christina aguilera came and joined the album, rod stewart, and also the muppets. >> the muppets. >> cute. >> you have performed with the muppets. >> you have a favorite christmas song? >> my favorite christmas song of all times is "silent night" by the temptations. >> you did "sight night" last year at the tree lighting. you're going to be doing it again. >> yeah. >> made us start to think, though, as we are going to start hearing christmas songs, when is the right time to start playing christmas music? your album comes out october 30th. >> that's right. >> right before halloween. i think a lot of radio stations start thanksgiving, or -- >> the minute after you finish your meal, you start hearing the christmas music. >> and their ratings go through the roof. >> i don't know. people love the christmas music. do you have a favorite? >> i think mariah carey "all i want for christmas is you." >> makes me want to dance. >> i know. >> how about you? >> i love "o holy night." so many people have sung it so beautifully. gives me chills. and there's so many beautiful versions of "o holy night." >> and just amazing. >> you've got to be able to sing, though. >> yeah. and i still, the end of charlie brown christmas. >> love that. >> "hark the herald angels sing." and when they take the breath -- >> i know, so cute. and this is "hark the herald --" >> not it, but it's close. >> we love it just the same. >> now you're in the holiday spirit. >> nobody chose alvin and the chipmunks. >> we like that too. it's funny. >> flamin'chee-tos. >> there we go. >> in california, new hampshire, illinois have banned flaming hot chee-tos, the main reason, a lack of nutritional value. one snack-size bag, 26 grams of fat and the amount of sodium for the entire day. >> 380 calories, 26 grams of fat. >> they're also concerned about all the messy red fingerprints from this. >> yes, look at this. >> is it flaming hot? >> regular chee-tos give you orange fingerprints. >> have you tried these? >> we reached out to the manufacturer, and they say they are committed to responsible and ethical marketing practices, which includes not marketing our products for children 12 and under. we also do not decide which snacks are available on school campuses. >> if they're eating that at school -- >> i think they're good, too, but it is good to have a glass of water next to you. >> but i can understand the red fingerprints and also the nutritional value issue. >> need some kool-aid. >> going old school. >> what happens when this happens? do you pick it up and eat it? >> five-second rule. every year they debunk this, apparently. >> i think every parent knows there's no truth to that, but we still pick it up, here, go ahead, kids, eat it. >> less than five seconds. >> thank you. >> you won this delicious bag of chee-tos. >>> coming up next, gadgets for halloween coming up after this. >> there it is. 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no, what is it? starting october 20, 2012, if you have a 408 or 669 number, you'll need to dial 1 plus the area code plus the phone number for all calls. o.k., but what if i have an 408 number and i'm calling a 408 number? you'll still need to dial 1 plus the area code plus the phone number. so when in doubt, dial it out! >>> although the aim is for us to have sex, i'm not a prostitute. you don't have to pay me up front. i have nothing against prostitutes, but there's a difference. we can talk about that later. >> i'm sorry. >> oscar winner helen hunt already earning oscar buzz for her latest role as a sex therapist in the new movie "the sessions." she'll stop by to tell us about the role which is quite a bit daring for the actress tomorrow on "today." a lot of good buzz on this movie in general. we're looking forward to that. >> while on the topic, actually, speaking of, there are 50 hot bachelors in our 30 rock -- >> lining up for you today? >> no, no, no. they're here for hoda and kathie lee. there they are. >> it's kind of dark down there where they are in the green room. >> they're in the witness protection program. >> the hottest bachelor contest. so one from each state. 25 for hoda, 25 for kathie lee. >> if they had two from each state, it would be the senate of hot guys. >> or the noah's ark of hot guys. we digress. good morning, everyone. >> okay. >>> moving on -- >> coming up, hey, i don't know if he's going to stay after hearing this, but a "new york times" best-selling author, he's written more than 90 books. now one of james patterson's most enduring and popular characters, detective alex cross is back thrilling audiences on the big screen. we're going to talk to author turned producer, he's a hollywood mogul now, james patterson. >> wow. >> amazing. >>> and we'll get some financial advice about boosting your credit score. it can, of course, determine many of your big purchases like buying a car or home, but what really impacts your credit? we're going to separate fact from fiction. >>> and then later, how one cash-strapped town is sitting on a cash cow of money but it actually could be a risky proposition for the residents. interesting story. we'll tell you about that. >> a lot of the community's facing the same question. >> exactly. >> interesting answers. >> all right. >>> first, though, al, check of the weather for us today. >> let's show you what we've got looking ahead toward the weekend. tomorrow, we're going to have a lot of wet weather in the northeast and new england. in between, plenty of sunshine, although a little on the chilly side and breezy through the central plains. saturday, gorgeous along the eastern sea board, more wet weather moves into the pacific northwest. few showers around the great lakes, sunny and hot from the southwest gulf coast into texas. and then sunday, sunday, sunny along the eastern sea board with lots of sunshine, along the gulf coast, more rain in the pacific northwest, mountain snows in the cascades and look for plenty of sunshine in the upper mississipp >>> 9:32, already looked hot in san francisco with no natural cooling to cool you town. we'll see a really warm afternoon. 84 in san francisco. 94 today in livermore. and 89 in santa theresa. your beach cities will get close to 90. perfect day to sit on the warm sand because everything changes as we head through friday. we'll shave off ten degrees. the low 70s return by sunday. and then we get rain next week. >>> and that's your latest weather. >> all right, al. thanks. coming up next, from the best-selling book to the big screen, author james patterson right after this. how you doing? 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>> because if you don't know what's going on on your credit report, how do you know how to fix it? it's just not having enough credit education. if you're going to use credit, then get some tips on it. >> you say it's important to check it at least twice a year? >> absolutely, check your credit at least twice a year. >> let's get to some of these facts or myths as you say. let's run through them. first, pulling your own credit report drops your score. a lot of people believe this. >> that's a myth, because you can pull your credit as much as you'd like and it does not count against you as an inquiry, but if you apply for credit, going to get a credit card, loan, those inquiries do hurt your score. so you want to be on top of that. but you can improve your credit if you haven't looked at it. >> good to know. next up is setting up automatic minimum payments is pointless if you have bad credit. myth or fact. >> myth. >> because you have to start from somewhere. so make it today. you want to start improving your credit, you're going to start paying attention, and you're not going to have new lates appearing because you set up automatic payments. so there's a new beginning for you. >> absolutely. >> no new lates. >> you've got to start somewhere. >>> next stop is closing an account helps your score, let's see if we get the music on time. myth or fact. >> myth. we want to see a lot of credit. keep it open. it's almost like i was juggling. if i juggle three tennis balls, that's good. but if i juggle ten and we have flames, tennis balls, knives, you'd be impressed. and that's how the credit report is. they want to secret cards, they want to see loans, you paying them on time and keeping them open. here's a little tip. if you pull out a card that you haven't used for a while, that will boost your score. >> even if you don't want to use it? >> well, i don't want you to use something you don't want to use -- >> you're saying it ultimately will help you. >> if you're going to go in that store, pull out that card, use it, you'll get extra points. >> next up, keeping credit card balances under 20% of the limit is good. myth or fact? >> that's a fact. >> so if you are maxed out right now on credit cards -- >> right. >> try to have a goal of lowering them. you'll see your score go up. so that's a great thing. so just really be on top of it. >> okay. here's one that i think a lot of people think is true so you'll tell us what it is. utility bills do not report to the credit bureaus. myth or fact. >> that is a myth. and this is new. so this is so important. because no one knows about this. they don't think -- they think credit cards, loans, that's on your credit report. they don't think their gas bill is going to report their payment history. they don't pay attention to the payment due date. but you know what? they're reporting now your history. so it's very important to pay attention to that due date. >> make sure you pay those bills on time. >> absolutely. >> here's one that can be confusing. fico scores are different than credit scores. >> that's true. fico scores are different. 90% of lenders look at your fico score, not the credit scores. so there's over 100 credit scores out there. if no one's looking at them but you, what's it matter? you want to pay attention to the correct score and that's fico. >> how does it lower your credit rating? >> 90% use it. how long you've had credit, what types of credit you've had. everything i've been talking about, but it's your fico score you want to pay attention to if you're going to be applying for a mortgage. >> last one quickly, secured credit cards are a waste of time. myth or fact. >> well, come on. you want to rebuild. so people have had hard times. if you want to rebuild, you may not be able to get a regular credit card. get a secured card. when that goes on your credit report, it does not report it's secured. it looks like any other traditional credit card. so that can give you new history and healthy new credit. >> all right. well, jeannie kelly, thanks so much. great information. >> thank you for having me. >>> coming up next, how one midwestern town could be sitting on a windfall of millions of dollars. first this is "today" on nbc. >>> across the country, cash-strapped cities are turning to a new and controversial way to raise money. >> that's right. allowing oil and gas companies to drill on public land hoping natural gas will bring in some much-needed cash. cnbc's phil lebeau is in youngstown, ohio. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, al and natalie. right behind me, the city crew is getting ready to tear down this abandoned home. youngstown has more abandoned homes than it can afford to tear down. so the city is looking to cash in by saying yes to fracking for natural gas. in youngstown, ohio, where a rebound in manufacturing has sparked a resurgence, the mayor is frustrated. he sees a city in decline desperately in need of money to tear down abandoned buildings. >> if you wanted to renovate or tear down this building, how much would it cost? >> about $1 million to tear it down. >> to tear it down is $1 million. >> and on the other side, you see it's grass or a parking lot. >> reporter: tearing down 1,100 abandoned homes will cost youngstown at least $4 million, money youngstown doesn't have. so the city may sell its mineral rights and allow energy companies to drill and frac on city land. to force release of oil and gas is filled with unknown risks, like the possibility of causing earthquakes and ground water contamination. >> are you that crazy for money? >> i guarantee you, we will organize under the first amendment, everybody in here and bring the wrath of god into this chamber and power back to the people. >> other cities have already sold their mineral rights. in ohio, the money from drilling will pay for new sidewalks, water treatment, and perhaps give the small town a shot in the arm. >> a few years ago, every store front just about was empty. now, there's new business coming in. >> as cities struggle with tighter budgets, a potential windfall of millions of dollars trapped under public land is a tempting answer to their cash crunch. >> this could be something that could help the area not only now, but ten, 20, 50 years from now. just like when the steel mills came here. >> reporter: back live in youngstown, ohio. and yes, they have actually started the demolition of this house. guys, one update on this story, last night the city council approved fracking on public land. they're hoping that perhaps there are millions of dollars of natural gas trapped under those lands that would help the city pay for tearing down abandoned homes like this. >> thank you so much. you can watch special coverage of "invest in america" all day today on cnbc. >>> up next, kathie lee and hoda and 50 of the hottest bachelors in the country. but first, your local news and weather. >>> good morning, everybody. gist over 20 minutes from right now, the bay area taking part in the great shakeout, the annual earthquake drill. this one designed to teach families how to be prepared when, yeah, the big one hits. right now more than 14 million people are signed up to participate. 9 million of those from right here in california. other western states will be holding similar drills along with parts of canada, italy and asia. experts say brace yourselves, there is a 99% chance another big quake will hit california over the next 30 years. that drill starts at 10:18 sharp this morning. xwl >>> the giant getting ready for game four. the g men down 2-1 in the seven game series, but they could even it up today. game time 5:00. tim lincecum is on the mound not giants. >>> we have a good looking day shaping up. last phenomenal day to hit the beach. 2:00 a.m., santa cruz, 78 degrees. up to 85 later on this afternoon. and the warm-up is going to come to a screeching halt tomorrow, 10 to 15 degrees cooler in some coastal cities. and we'll see a good cooldown inland, as well. 94 in livermore, 89 in santa theresa, 86 in redwood city and 84 in san francisco. much cooler weather and rain just around the corner now. we're expecting our first showers late sunday into monday. we'll get another stronger round monday into tuesday. could be measuring rain come wednesday morning. >>> we're measuring the slowdown at the bottom of your screen as we take to a full, you see 9 cars starting to stop just behind the trees west 92. on the maps, and you as you approach 101, a backup. through oakland, both directions 880 slow. 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jerry carried these over running and didn't drop, not a drop. god bless you, jerry. >> what a beautiful day it is, october the 18th. >> you know what? it is a good day. 26 years ago today frank and i were married. i can't believe it. >> oh, my gosh. what are you doing for your anniversary? >> let's go back in time. >> could have used one of my songs. >> why you can use barbra streisand? is this your wedding picture? >> one of them. >> for your anniversary, i think it's time for a toast. frank couldn't be here because he's not here. we have two hunks are going to come. >> when you're a little lonely go to texas and jersey. hey, it's a little bit scandalous. thank you, honey. thank you, texas. thank you very much, guys. want to stick around for my anniversary party? >> by the way, they are here for a reason. the sexiest guys have been selected. we'll meet all 50 of them. >> usually our guests are downstairs with me usually. there was not one cosmo guy down there. they were protecting you, right? all right, guys. >> thank you both. >> we are going to have a quiet -- i'm in previews. listen to my voice. i was doing a talk back till about midnight last night. frank is going to drive in. we are going to have a little bite to eat at one of our favorite little restaurants, then he's going to go home and i'm going to go back to "scandalous." i doubt we'll be breaking a chandelier tonight. >> we were with a funky guy yesterday. >> mario lopez. >> we helped him out with "extra." we didn't see it because you were busy and so was i. >> what were you doing? >> that is not your concern. here is what we went on with the antics with mario. >> i look at you and you look like women that can move. >> little salsa here. okay? here. oh, wait, wait. oh, my gosh. i don't know if we can do this. there is a disappearing act after the show. >> that was on the air? that was one of those you think -- >> you know what? yesterday was a bad day for me in that sense. when i'm encouraged by people laughing, i sometimes can go overboard a tad. >> there was a lot of egging on. >> no. only the sound guys could hear stuff that was going on. there was a sound guy right in my line of sight who was dying laughing. it encouraged me, okay? if i went a little overboard, i'm sorry. >> so brad pitt, it's the second act here. we told but his commercial the other day, which we keep having fun with. chanel is getting a lot of play off that. >> i don't know how many bottles they are selling. >> there is a second commercial now. it's not just brad but brad and two women. so it's a different version. we want to know if you think this is better than the last one. take a look. >> it's not a journey. every journey ends but we go on. the world turns and we turn with it. plans disappear. dreams take over. but wherever i go, there you are. my fate, my fortune. chanel number 5, inevitable. >> makes me want to giggle. i don't know why. >> does it a little? >> wherever you go, there you are. >> i don't disagree with everything you're saying. the journey's ends and we go on. >> no, we die. dreams take over? i just -- here's the thing, too. >> what? >> if the woman in this ad had been angelina jolie -- >> then we would have believed it. >> sales would go through the freaking roof. >> you're right. you solved that problem. >> he has no connection to those women. we know about his connection with angelina, which everybody believes is real. that's just my two cents. we would love to know what your three cents are. >> juliana and bill say they are ready for baby number two. they had a baby through surrogate. she is a breast cancer survivor and froze her eggs. she is saying this is working out so well with her son duke they want to have another one. they've got a couple of embryos on ice and are ready to go. >> what is the shelf life of the embryos? >> i think if they are frozen -- >> that would be interesting. i wonder if they are sensing some time constraint. it's awfully soon for the surrogate unless they will get a new one. >> they liked that one. >> they do, but that's hard on the body. the other thing is, their life is so good right now. people that have one child -- you do not understand until you have two how much -- you get double the joy, absolutely, but the work. god bless them whatever they decide. it's ultimately their choice. >> uma thurman had a baby. "people" magazine got the exclusive. here is the name. are you ready? >> there will be a quiz. >> it is rosalind arusha arkadina altalune florence thurman-busson. but they are calling her luna. >> that is going to be her passport name? she has to fill that out every time? you know how many times you have toe fill out forms in life? >> the complete name. it won't fit on any of the things. >> arusha is a city in tanzania. >> arkadina is a character. >> luna is the third child for uma who is 42 and had two other children, maya 13 and levon with ethan hawke. >> if you're wondering which tv actors -- >> this is according to "forbes?" >> according to "forbes." let's go from five down to -- okay. >> the top two are -- >> ashton kutcher is number one. >> he took over for martin sheen. >> $24 million. >> charlie, excuse me. >> hugh lorie of "house." >> and that's gone off the air. >> $18 million. how about ray romano. $18 million for the reruns of his show and all those great movies he does. >> collecting residuals and his "ice age" voice. >> alec baldwin. >> $15 million. that show is also coming to an end. if you see them in the unemployment line. and mark harmon. you never hear about him. he is still married to pam dawber. he is a really lovely guy and "csi" is one of the highest rated shows. they take it away so fast. >> i no. you note five-second rule. you drop something on the floor and quickly scoop it up. >> i totally believe it. >> you eat it. >> yeah. not if you're in grand central you don't. >> every year the folks from clorox want to remind us the five-second rule isn't true. let's watch this scene from "seinfeld" which makes you think it is. >> it was not trash. >> was it in the trash? >> yes. >> then it was trash. >> it wasn't down in. it was sort of on top. >> but it was in the cylinder. >> above the rim. >> refuse is refuse. >> it was on a magazine and still had the doily. >> was it eaten? >> a little bite. >> well, that's garbage. >> have you ever eaten anything out of the trash? >> i did last week. i'll be honest. someone had sent to me a homemade pie. all of a sudden i looked, i went to throw something away, i looked and it's sitting still in its little everything in the bottom of the trash. >> in the bottom? >> in the bottom, but it was in a clean bag, nothing else. it was the first thing put in the garbage. i thought, that's just wrong. somebody went to all the trouble to make it. i picked it up, wrapped it up in aluminum foil, not sure who ate it. i left it for everybody. frank doesn't like stuff. he was so poor growing up, he doesn't like -- what? right. he doesn't like leftovers. he will clean out the refrigerator. just when i'm getting home thinking i can't wait to eat the rest of that lamb chop. gone in the trash. sometimes you have to retrieve it. >> i don't think there is anything wrong taking something out of the top of the trash. you've eaten six cookies, i can't eat those, i'm throwing them away. you throw them away in the trash. then later you rethink it. maybe i'll have one more. just one. >> i have never done that. >> oh, there is a napkin, something is in between. you take it out. >> no. >> what i do to prevent that, you take detergent or dove or anything, dawn, and you pour it on top. >> of what? >> of the cookie in the trash. so you don't get it. >> so you won't be toeempted. it's covered with soap. that's it. this is my ihoda. >> it's called "seven day weekend." it's by a guy called jtx. it's a party song. picture the weekend starting and this is the song you want to hear. ♪ ♪ flip-flops and a snoop t-shirt yeah ♪ i'm feeling good called in sick to work ♪ at the drive through there's a hotty i know ♪ yeah she climbed right out the window ♪ and i took her to go hey ♪ life's a radio ♪ turn it up to ten ♪ party people go ♪ call up all your friends ♪ rocking every night ♪ saturday forever "seven day weekend ♪ life's a radio ♪ turn it up to ten ♪ kicking off your clothes like we're doing it again ♪ laugh until we try ♪ saturday forever ♪ seven day weekend >> that is a party for the weekend, in the car, crank it up. all right. see? they love it. >> no. they love me. >> okay. i'm happy for you. is it okay or not okay to change your body shape for a role? >> to gain weight or lose weight. clooney gained, matthew mcconaughey lost. you say it's dangerous. only the individual can decide whether it's worth it. >> hoda said, yes, if it's for your craft. film franchise is ready to terrify movie guyers around the world. >> we are talking to the "possessed" stars. >> two women get ambushed by our team on the plaza. their new look revealed. 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[ screams ] >> even the boyfriend. >> that's what sells it. if you like scary movies. there are people that stay away from them. apparently they are in the minority. >> yeah. i love seeing these movies with an audience. if you're experiencing it for the first time, it's scary and fun. if you're me and watching the crowd, it's even a better show. >> you know what's going to come. >> yeah. >> do you enjoy watching these movies? do you get spooked by them? >> i can't watch them alone. the first one, i got a new version and i had to see it. i tried to watch it in my house and it was too scary. >> since the first one cost $15,000 to make and they are costing more, have you noticed a difference in the type of production quality? >> they are really great staying with the same kind of tone and indie feel. it still feels like a giant family coming together and making a movie. >> you've only done these kinds of things. are you open to romantic comedy? >> i'm into it. comedy is next on my list. that is what i want to jump into this year. i'm excited about that. >> we wish you great luck. 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>> when you've got to get it, you've got to get it. >> he has no shame. >> he's in the front row, too. >> it's clearly bothering him. he is still working on that. he hasn't learned the discreet pull. and there he goes. and we're back there again. it clearly is bothering him. he is not dropping the ball in regard to time. >> he's adorable. you've got to do what you've got to do. >> his mom says he's taking the attention in stride and handling like a star. >> thank you, sara. >>> they've got new clothes, new hair and a new look. our ambush makeover from two lucky ladies from the plaza. >> and we are lucky because of cosmo's bachelors. we'll have a game of truth or dare. we got a real mom and the family car to do an experiment. we put a week of her family's smelly stuff all in at once to prove that febreze car vent clips could eliminate the odor. then we brought her family to see if it worked. tell me what you smell. something fresh. a beach. take your blindfolds off. oh! look at all this garbage! febreze car. eliminates odors for continuous freshness, so you can breathe happy. have you tried this yet? save on febreze car and other innovative products with the october 28th p&g brandsaver. delicious. but say i press a few out flat... add some beef sloppy joe sauce... and cheese fold it all up and boom! i just made an unbeatable unsloppy joe pillsbury grands biscuits. let the making begin. #. >>> it's 10:26. a rally will be held in alameda county over the sheriff's plan to use drones. the sheriff's office wants to use remote control devices in emergency situations, but the aclu wants them only deployed if a warrant is issued. the sheriff's office hasn't specified exactly what it would do with any information that it gathers. today's rally is set in front of city hall at 11:00. and we will have a look at your weather and traffic coming up. >>> look at how warm it is already. 74 degrees. the temperature 74, the time 10:28. we're headed toward the 90s. near record warmth continues. last day to get beautiful beach conditions. that fog returns tomorrow. so let's take an in-depth look at santa cruz. 85 at 4:00 p.m. highs will be pretty warm. 93 in gilroy. we're taking a look at your giants forecast and we'll have your seven day at 11:00. >>> the toll plaza still has a backup, but lanes are starting to move. recovery also for 880. earlier accident there at 16th has cleared. southbound side still slow getting into downtown. also slow southbound 101 from the airport all the way down to hillsdale. south bay, an accident at the center divide. >> thank you for joining us. we'll have more of the day's top stories coming up at 11:00 including the latest into the investigation into a suspicious fire. we'll see you then. >>> we are back on this thirsty thursday. it's time for "today's" plaza ambush makeovers. >> our crack makeover team is at it again on the plaza. contributor and stylist to the stars louis licari. and "today" and "us weekly" contributor and author jill martin. >> nice crisp fall day out there. >> great crowd, great ladies. easy to pick two makeovers today. >> carol is 62 from albany, new york. she told us she can't do anything with her hoda hair. she begged us to help her tame her mane. oh, she does have my hair. >> carol has a lot to say. i'll hand you the mike. >> good morning, kathie lee and hoda. want to let you know, you think you have hair problems? look at me. i need help. i'm going to have jill and louis p help me today. especially here. let's have a great time, i am ready. >> she is adorable. >> i like it, especially here because she knows the spot. we have her daughter-in-law tracy. raise your hand. friends cindy and elaine. please keep on your blind folds till you give you the green light. here is carol van buren before. let's see the new hair. >> you look hot. wow! >> take off your blind folds, ladies. >> you look so hot. >> are you ready? >> i'm ready. oh, my god! >> you look hot. >> wow. >> carol, would you look at that camera. >> what happened, louis? >> number one that is such a great haircut. you check that problem area she was talking about, the bangs she feels are thin and see-through and when it's more humid they become more frizzy. >> i thought you said human. >> humid. of course he gave her this great haircut. >> what do you think? >> she looks fabulous. she never does anything for herself. we are so happy. >> you feel pretty, don't you? >> i do. we are going out. >> she wanted something to go out in and was bossing me around what did i think i love? we started with the high boots from nine west and this great sweater dress from london times. >> go, carol. >> uber model. >> you can join your friends. >> thank you. >> reagan copeland is 44 from seattle, washington. she hasn't changed her hairstyle since college. her fashionable 12-year-old daughter asked us to give her a brand-new style. >> the coolest mom ever on a one-year sabbatical with your kids. you have no time to do anything for yourself, obviously? >> no, no. we are living out of suitcases. we are staying each place about three to four weeks so i need something easy. >> ready to go. >> ready to go. >> what do you think about mom getting a makeover? >> i'm really happy about it. she's been wanting one for a while. she has the same look for like 20 years. she needs like a good change. >> how old are you? >> 12. >> she's known that look 12 of the years. i know you're going to rome so we are going to give you a great rome look. what do you think? she's speechless. we'll get going. >> what a beautiful family. all right. she is here with her kids roseland, carson, landon. let's see the look for roma. oh, wow! kids, take them off. >> you look amazing, reagan. you want to look in the mirror? yes, you do. go, girl. >> oh, my god! >> the kids are going crazy. >> you look hot. that's all. tell us what you did, louis. >> first of all, now reagan is ready for la dolce vita in rome. thisses roman brown hair. she is worried about time, maintenance and money. this is easy to keep up. great haircut. she can wear it straight, curley and the deeper hair makes you look younger. it's beautiful. >> i love the shape. >> has a gorgeous sheen to it. >> do you guys love it? >> that outfit is the perfect fall outfit. >> i love it. i had every staple you need to go to rome. you need a great trench, jeans from ydj, the pants from cole and the shoes from nine west. >> i've never seen my mom in heels. >> don't get used to it. >> congratulations to arson for being in the "new york post" featured as the place to get your blowouts at louis licari's salon. we have serious eye candy. >> look at sara. >> look at anthony. i love this racing car. aw, i love that guy. ♪ you are exactly one of a kind ♪ i love this guy. 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[ male announcer ] fiber one. fiber beyond recognition. >>> it's time to have a happy halloween today, a real happy halloween. every year parents and good-looking guys head out to pick the perfect pumpkin. such a family pick to bring back home and carve. i can't wait till these guys show up at my house for my anniversary. >> if stabbing a knife into a gourde freaks you out, here is how easy it can be we want to thank our cosmo guys sticking around. >> and being exploited further by our producers. >> toll us how easy it can be. >> it is so easy. there are lots of great kits. it's supposed to be fun, doesn't need to be perfect. there are examples of these gorgeous perfect pumpkins out there but it's supposed to be a fun family time. if you want to buy the kits, you can. a lot come with stencils, but i love using wood carving tools. we use masking tape to keep our lines straight. after you're done you peel it off and we use these tools. this might be more of a teenager kind of. >> a dainty pumpkin. >> exactly, but it's pretty and sweet. use the battery-powered candles inside. put vaseline on the cutout areas and that will hold the moisture in. >> the guys like that. >> you guys learning something? >> of course they are. >> this is unique. >> this pumpkin has a lot of personality. when you're out picking pumpkins, you want to look for a healthy pumpkin that is orange without green spots. >> one that doesn't stink is what i want. >> and you want to pick one with a little bit of personality already. we added more by tipping it over on its side. we used the stem as the nose. >> that's very cute. >> we gave it a zorro mask. >> that was very inexpensive. >> and very easy. this one we used one of the templates on. a lot come in the tools or you can download them online, as well. i didn't want to clean out the whole inside of the pumpkin because that would be messy. so i just cut out a little bit on the front instead of carving all the way through. i stuck in these googly eyes i got at a craft store. you can use ping pong balls or draw with a marker. >> and fido? >> all the dogs are getting in on the action. pet smart recommends we put treats at the front door for the dogs, as well, that they can be trick-or-treating. >> what if the kid gets confused? >> these are cute little dog bones. we want the dogs that get dressed up -- >> a lot of people dress up the animals. >> you put the water out for them, you can serve soup or all different things. >> i'm going to ask you to make these with me, if you will. this is very easy. this is no mess pumpkin carving. take your sharpy. there you go. you draw the web on. just draw a web. it doesn't need to be perfect. >> it can't be when i can't see. >> we get it. >> then take your knife and stab it with a wide shot. i knew you would have fun with that. wherever you want the spider to be. stab it in. wiggle it around. >> would you like to help me? step up here. >> take one of the spider rings. >> i'll help you. i'll get behind you and help you. >> these are these inexpensive spider rings. >> she is still talking. >> take the ring part goes in there. >> who cares? >> thank you. kimberly, thanks. guys, thank you. >> you guys are such great sports, thank you so much. >> sabotaging your weight loss. first this is "today" on nbc. >>> when it comes to dieting, you've probably done it all, whether it's cutting carbs, skipping meals or a liquid cleanse, fast fads can sabotage your weight loss in the long run. >> heidi is a nutritionist for a hospital in new york. >> we've all tried, cutting out sweets, skipping a meal thinking that will help us lose weight. >> the greatest gift i could give my clients is help them figure out how to eat and not diet. that all or none thinking. i'm never going to eat a cookie again. so you want to eat all the cookies now. >> should you set goals? i'm not going to eat cookies for three days but i'll have one on sunday. >> if that works for you. usually there is a difference in between inhibition and restriction. i can't eat the whole row of cookies. i'll have two, two tomorrow. >> hoda can't stop at two. >> i can't stop. when you eat, if you measure diet up or whatever it is in the morning, what i do is i feel like i'm already off it so i'll ruin the whole day. i'll start on tuesday. >> it is reframing. you didn't actually gain weight, you may nat lose weight that day, but you didn't gain it. why magnify that, compound that by totally pigging out? >> what about calories we don't keep track of. >> there are healthy snacks now. you have to train yourself to like them if you love fritos, it's hard to give them up, but if you start eating edamame, they're delicious. >> the thing is to realize if you want salty, being salty peanuts or potato chips, maybe go for salty but something healthier. salty edamame or cut it like a chip but cucumbers and put a little salt on them. or gogo apple sauce. >> why don't you eat an apple? >> there is something about, sometimes you want something more liquidy. here is a sugar-coated wheat. it's crunchy and sweet. >> often it's the desire to chew. >> this is creamy or do the raspberries. or sorbet. and portions. >> tomorrow
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>>> good morning. breaking news. sandy pummels cuba as a powerful category 2 hurricane as storm warnings are extended along the florida coast. is a more dangerous scenario brewing that could threaten people up and down the east coast? >>> nbc news exclusive, brian williams on the campaign trail with president obama. behind the scenes at rallies and on air force one. this morning, rare access with the countdown to the election now at 12 days. >>> and -- >> mr. malveaux, i want to confirm you understand we are recording this phone conversation. >> one of the d.c. area snipers speaks out about his crimes, insanity, and solitary confinement. >> i wouldn't wish it on anyone. i wouldn't wish this on anyone. >> lee boyd malveaux with surprising revelations and a shocking new allegation in what he says will be his final interview "today," thursday, october 25th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a busy thursday morning. i'm savannah gurthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer. hurricane sandy made landfall, wind gusts of about 114 miles an hour. >> that storm is being blamed on at least two deaths in the caribbean. and as we said, forecasters are worried about a scenario that could pose big trouble for much of the east coast. al's been studying the latest models, and we'll get to his forecast straight ahead. >>> also ahead, an arrest made in colorado in the murder of 10-year-old jessica ridgeway. the suspect only 17 years old. and his own mother may have played a role in turning him in. we'll have more on that story. >>> all right. and then tom cruise has filed a $50 million lawsuit against the publisher of two tabloid magazines that claimed he abandoned his daughter suri following his divorce from katie holmes. we're going to hear from his lawyer. >>> and we're going to have rare treasures from the royal family in hollywood in our studio. judy garland's "wizard of oz" dress, prince charles and diana's wedding cake and other incredible items. >> don't try to eat it either, it'll make the price go down. they're all up for auction as well as marilyn monroe's birthday serenade to john f. kennedy in color and from a different angle. a closer look coming up. >>> but we want to begin with the latest on hurricane sandy. al's upstairs tracking the storm. good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah, and here's a storm, a powerful storm, a category 2, dangerous storm 440 miles southeast of miami, florida. 105-mile-per-hour winds, picking up speed moving north at 18 miles per hour. you can already see rain bands making their way into southern florida. here's what we have watches and warnings wise, we are expecting to see hurricane warnings right now throughout -- just about the entire bahamas and eastern cuba. we also have tropical storm warnings now up for a good portion of the eastern florida coast from key largo up to daytona beach with tropical storm watches back through the keys and up past north of daytona beach. the path of the storm, here's what we look for right now. basically staying a category 2 storm. but once it comes off of the cuba area, where it's gotten torn apart a little bit by the mountain there, it becomes a category 1 storm. saturday paralleling the southeastern coast. in the meantime causing big problems for the southern and eastern florida coast. now, here's where the computer models differ. and this is what we are concerned about. in yellow, the american computer model keeps it off the coast and eventually hooks it into new england. the european model which historically is the more accurate of the two long-range by sunday keeps it close to the east coast and then early on monday, brings it into the delmarva peninsula south of new jersey, which would be horrible for the northeast. because that brings the strongest quadrant of the storm, the northeastern quadrant along this megaopolis. we have to keep an eye on this because as we move into the weekend, the entire eastern sea board is in play and we'll continue to track it. >> al, we'll check in with you in a little while for more information. >>> now to the presidential race and brian williams' exclusive access to president obama on the campaign trail. they started out in iowa on wednesday, from there it was on to colorado, los angeles, and a quick stop in las vegas before an overnight flight to florida where the president is beginning his day. brian just got off air force one, he's with us now by phone. brian, good morning to you. >> matt, good morning, we're hanging on for dear life and a quick-moving motorcade. we barely left the airport grounds a few minutes ago. no one on air force one can remember when the president did this last on a domestic trip choosing to get his night's sleep. and it was very few hours coming west to east, but miles to go before he sleeps again. he's got florida, virginia, illinois, ohio just today. and yesterday during one of our conversations, we asked him how he finds himself in exactly this position in this campaign. >> how is it with, what, 13 days to go? you're fighting for your life in a 47/47 race. >> well, actually, i think we always knew this was going to be a close race from the start. and what we have right now is a -- is a lead that we've maintained throughout this campaign. and we are just going to continue to drive home the message that there are two fundamentally different choices in this election about where we take the country. >> so after the excitement of '08, given the power of incumbency, you've got bin laden, you did not expect to be sitting on a more substantial race than we are as we sit here today. >> no, brian. listen, you guys have some short memories. folks in your business were writing me off a year ago. saying there's no way i would win. so these things go in ebbs and flows. and the one thing i try to be is steady in terms of what i believe in, who i'm fighting for. and i think that one of the qualities i bring to bear in this campaign is people see what did i say i was going to do in 2008? and what have i delivered? and they can have some confidence that the things i say i mean. >> what's the dynamic like between you and mitt romney? >> oh, i think when you're candidates that you, and you haven't really interacted before, you can't say that you've got a real relationship there. >> so reports, especially just observations watching the two of you, you don't appear to like each other very much. you appear to tolerate each other because you have to. >> you know, i don't think that any relationship between me and mitt romney is different from previous presidential campaigns. john mccain i knew because i'd served with him in the senate. but i think if you look at george bush and john kerry, or george bush and al gore, first president bush and bill clinton, i don't think anybody would say that while you were in the middle of a campaign that you felt deep affection for the other guy because, you know, look, you're fighting for competing visions. but what i think the american people understand is that this is not about two individuals or even two political parties. this is about two different visions for the country and how we are going to make sure that every single person in america who is willing to work hard is going to have a shot at a better life. >> mr. president, on domestic politics, a recent poll, 4% of voters said they would like a first term like the second, 62% of voters said they would expect major changes in a second obama term. would you be prepared to enact truly major changes? >> well, brian, if you think about that question, i'd like to meet the 4%. we went through the worst crisis in our lifetimes. we had the stock market freeze up, tank, financial market freeze up, small businesses couldn't get financing. we lost 800,000 jobs the month that i took office. so, of course people want to make sure we continue with the progress that we've started to see with the housing market finally starting to strengthen, with the auto industry back, with job growth over the last 31 months actually outpacing the previous recovery. and the plan that i've put forward with education with making college and job training accessible to people, to ensure our manufacturing base is right back here in the united states as opposed to overseas, building on the work we've done, not only increasing oil and gas production, but also clean energy, making sure we're putting americans back to work including our veterans, rebuilding roads and bridges. all those things are designed to ensure we have more robust growth in the future. >> reporter: and matt, we're back live now, miracle of television, we're inside a krispy kreme donut shop. the whole campaign came to a halt, one of these thoroughly planned and unscheduled stops is underway. the president is going to have coffee and a donut. we'll have coverage tonight on "nightly news," was most of it on tonight's broadcast of "rock center." >> did the motorcade stop because you were hungry or the president was hungry? >> reporter: you know, they didn't ask me. they've never had this many machine guns inside or adjacent to a krispy kreme in modern times. >> brian, thanks very much. >> all right, matt, thank you very much. >>> governor romney is on a campaign blitz of his own making stops in three states on wednesday. peter alexander is traveling with the romney campaign, finding himself in cincinnati, ohio, this morning. peter, good morning to you. >> reporter: a vsavannah, good morning to you. mitt romney's going to focus on a single state, that is right here in ohio. yesterday in iowa, he was particularly optimistic declaring to the audience there that we are going to win. he's been sort of shifting his target audience focusing on the potential impact of president obama having four more years on families, trying to court women voters. also clint eastwood who got mixed reviews for that conversation with an empty chair during the republican convention last month is back promoting the candidacy in a new ad paid by bush strategist karl rove's super pac. take a look. >> someone doesn't get the job done, you've got to hold them accountable. obama's second term would be a rerun of the first and our country couldn't survive that. we need someone to turn it around fast and that man is mitt romney. there's not a lot of time left and the future of our country is at stake. >> reporter: and despite heavy criticism from the obama campaign about comments, controversial comments made by republican senate candidate richard murdoch of indiana about rape and abortion, governor romney largely ignored that topic yesterday. savannah, his campaign says he does not share those beliefs, he disagrees with them, but said it will not ask murdoch to pull ads that endorse him. >> now through election day, nbcnews.com will be live streaming all of the campaign events for both candidates. so you can see them on the stump. >>> all right. meanwhile, you've probably heard by now that donald trump offered to donate $5 million to a charity of president obama's choosing if the president revealed certain documents. jay leno asked the president about that last night. >> now, i've got to ask you about this. what's this thing with trump and you? it's like me and letterman, what has he got against you? i don't get it. >> this all dates back to when we were growing up together in kenya. >> president at least able to keep a sense of humor about it. we're going to have more on that donald trump offer with "today's" professionals later on. >>> natalie morales over at the news desk. good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah and matt, good morning, everyone. >>> an arrest in the death of the 10-year-old colorado schoolgirl, jessica ridgeway. he appears in court in connection with the girl's death. ridgeway disappeared earlier this month, her body found five days later. officials say sigg will also face charges in the attempted kidnapping of a 22-year-old jogger back in may. we'll have more on this coming up shortly. >>> federal prosecutors have filed a $1 billion lawsuit against bank of america for selling defective mortgages to fannie mae and freddie mac. for more on how this could impact markets today, let's check in with courtney reagan at the new york stock exchange. good morning, courtney. >> good morning. bank of america is accused of selling risky loans to fannie mae and freddie mac. while presenting them as safe and sound. now, this is the first lawsuit brought by the department of justice when it comes to civil fraud mortgage lawsuits against the big mortgage financier. so we're going to watch this very carefully as it moves forward. but meantime, tech is going to be a major focus today. apple releases the latest earnings two days after unveiling the mini ipad, and microsoft debuts windows 8, plus a tablet of its own. >> courtney reagan, thanks. >>> a person of interest has been arrested in connection with the deadly attack on the u.s. embassy in benghazi, libya, that killed chris stevens and three other americans. the man is being held by authorities. a second suspect has been reportedly been killed in cairo. this as e-mail traffic between the white house and state department within hours of the attack show they were aware that an islamist militant group was claiming responsibility. hillary clinton responded that facebook postings could not be used as evidence in those early chaotic hours. >>> the family of wounded pakistani girl malala traveled to her hospital bedside in england today. she's recovering there after being shot in the head by taliban militants for her outspoken advocacy of girls' education in her native pakistan. her medical team says she is comfortable and responding well to treatment. >>> kennedy cousin michael scaco has lost his bid for parole, convicted for the murder of his neighbor. he is serving 20 years to life. the head of the parole board said it was odd for him to ask for early release while still proclaiming his innocence. >>> on to the world series now. and game one went to the san francisco giants. beating the detroit tigers 8-3, the titan among the giants, pablo sandoval hit three home runs for san francisco, making him one of four players to ever do so in a world series game. joining an elite club, babe ruth, reggie jackson, albert pujols. what a game opener. >> that is a good way to start. congratulations to him. >> and natalie, very sports center-like. >> i try my best here, al. >> mr. roker, you look dashing today. >> thank you. >> you're going hurricane casual. >> not yet. but probably this weekend. let's show you what we've got. there is other stuff going on besides sandy, behind this front. showers and thunderstorms throughout the upper mississippi river valley. colder air filtering in, denver's already picked up 1 to 3 inches of snow. and then we've got high pressure out over the pacific, low pressure over mexico. between the two, that's going to set up santa ana winds, very gusty conditions, and that could make for some fire danger, extreme fire danger throughout parts of southern california. that's what'ia >> good morning. the winds have shifted to the east. clouds will break up this afternoon and it will still be relatively mild, high near 72. >>> and that's your latest weather. matt? >> all right, al, thank you very much. now to colorado and more on that startling arrest in the kidnapping and murder of 10-year-old jessica ridgeway. a 17-year-old is behind bars and will be charged in connection with that case. this morning, miguel almaguer is in golden, colorado. >> reporter: detectives say the suspect is a local boy, a teenager accused and responsible for a horrific crime that rocked this community. >> reporter: police say the suspect is 17-year-old austin sigg, a teenager accused of kidnapping and murdering 10-year-old jessica ridgeway. she disappeared october 5th. the fifth grader last seen walking to school, her dismembered body discovered days later in a rural open space. >> we can't give you a lot of information. affidavits in this case have been sealed. that's under a court order. so i'm precluded from giving too much detail. >> reporter: arrested tuesday night after what police called a tip, nbc denver affiliate kusa reports sigg's own mother called investigators. i made the phone call and he turned himself in. that's all i have to say, mindy sigg told the "associated press." kusa reports sigg was interrogated for six hours telling detectives, quote, specific details about the crime that only someone intimately involved would know. all day wednesday, investigators were spotted inside sigg's family home just a mile and a half from jessica ridgeway's house. inside, law enforcement sources reportedly say they found human remains. meantime, at standley lake high school, classmates say he collected knives and swords and described him as a brilliant student. >> he was smart as all can be. he knew what he was doing, he had good grades, he was intelligent. >> friends say sigg was active in online gaming. before his arrest, sigg was enrolled in community college where friends say he was fascinated with mortuary science. he won second place in the crime scene investigation division at a state conference. megan barker was sigg's lab partner in forensic science and said sigg was interested in how bodies decomposed. >> he was a really nice kid. he would help us with our projects, help the teacher with the computer. he was friendly. >> police have linked sigg to an atem attempted kidnapping on a running trail not far from his home. they say he attacked a female jogger on memorial day, the victim saying the suspect tried to cover her face with a chemical-soaked rag. police call sigg's arrest the start of justice for jessica. but for the little girl's family and this community, there may never be peace. >> it was so close to home. and he was just right over there. this is really scary. >> reporter: austin sigg is expected in front of a judge at 8:00 a.m. local time. he'll be in juvenile court, but prosecutors tell nbc news they have every intent on trying him as an adult. matt? >> miguel almaguer on this story for us, thank you very much. >>> just ahead, an exclusive interview with lee boyd malvo ten years after the deadly random attacks. what he's revealing about his crimes and his accomplice for the first time. but first, this is "today" on nbc. mayor: casino owners in west virginia are spending millions against question seven. that upsets me. and that upsets jonathan ogden. you don't want to upset jonathan ogden. ogden: no you don't. mayor: question seven means thousands of jobs and millions for our schools. but these west virginia casinos want to keep it all for themselves. we're not happy about that. ogden: no we aren't. mayor: so join us and vote for question seven. and west virginia, don't make me send jonathan 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[ male announcer ] try a 20 pc bucket with 6 sauces. today tastes so good. >> good morning, everybody. here is a look at one of our top story. a former university of maryland student will learn his punishment today for threatening to go on a campus shooting rampage. alexander song posted the threat online any faces a maximum of three years in prison but prosecutors are expected to recommend a continued community service and supervised probation. he was already required to perform 2200 hours of community service as a condition of the plea deal. let's get a check of the morning commute. major problem 695. >> it has kind of been like that all week. accident west side right at security boulevard, blocking the off ramp from the outer loop to security. we are down to 50 miles an hour as a result. plan for extra time. -- down to 59 miles another as a result. plan for extra time. delays falling into place on 7 it. route 1 shot down business park with at kitcat wrote on elkridge due to a series early morning accident. 295 delays southbound and northbound 11 miles an hour or, acts and and at 197. lords -- not bad here, but as we switch over a mess on the west side. tony, over to you. >> you can save a low clouds and fog on the traffic cameras. that is whether we will start with. it will get better this afternoon. a little murky but mild. 59 in randallstown. upper 50's near the pending a line. once we start with the low clouds and fog and sunshine has a chance to work in the hemisphere, temperatures will jump to the low 70's later today. still above average but not as warm as yesterday. quiet tomorrow and saturday and early next week depends on what sandy decides to do. many of the computer models ticket to mid-atlantic and others off shore. others off shore. i the way it will and this is maryland. every year marylanders spend five hundred and fifty million gaming at casinos in these other states. question seven will build a new casino and bring table games to baltimore... generating hundreds of millions for schools. and that money has to go to education. it's the law. so vote for question seven. so we can stop spending all that money here, and keep maryland money in classrooms like mine. ♪ happy birthday to you ♪ happy birthday mr. president >> it's an iconic moment, marilyn monroe's 1962 birthday song to then president john f. kennedy. now a never-before-seen view in color. and that footage is going up for auction along with some other iconic items in our studio this morning, including dorothy's dress from "the wizard of oz." yes, i say dorothy. savannah says dorothy. she's been criticizing me. let's take this to the great and powerful oz. so oz, what is it? dorothy or dorothy? >> dorothy. >> thank you. >> dorothy. >> thank you, dr. oz. your wisdom knows know bounds. great and powerful oz. >> yeah. don't trust a man behind that curtain. >>> well, also ahead, tom cruise's lawyers speaking out about the actor's $50 million lawsuit against the publisher of two magazines that claimed he abandoned his daughter suri. >>> and then pippa middleton's new party planning book is out today. how are the critics receiving it? we're going to go live from london. >>> we begin this half hour with our exclusive and very revealing interview with lee boyd malvo, the now 27-year-old was convicted of killing ten people in the d.c. sniper shootings ten years ago. we spoke to him by phone on wednesday from the maximum security prison in virginia where he's now serving a life sentence. >> i'm shaking now. i don't want to be here. >> it was a horrifying and random killing spree that gripped the nation. >> what appears to be home-grown terror. >> over three weeks in october of 2002, the beltway snipers killed without warning in broad daylight at gas stations, on front lawns, in parking lots, targets selected at random and assassinated with a single bullet from a high-powered rifle. >> anywhere you are, you never know if someone's going to drive by and bang, that's it. >> after three weeks of panic, police caught the two snipers sleeping in their blue sedan. >> 41-year-old john allen mohammed and his 17-year-old accomplice lee boyd malvo were arrested and eventually convicted. mohammed put to death by lethal injection in 2009, malvo is serving a life sentence in a virginia state prison without parole. we spoke by phone on wednesday. >> it was october 24th, 2002, when you were arrested. let me begin there and go back. what's your most vivid memory of that day. >> it's being violently woken out of my sleep. i was asleep. and within a matter of five seconds, i was in a -- i was in custody. >> do you remember your mind set? >> my thought process immediately went into trying to figure out where i was, whose custody i was in, and what steps i should take from there. in the sense that i was intent on protecting mr. mohammed as best as i could. >> you're saying at that moment you had lost all sense of self? as those police officers arrested you, most people would've thought, well, this is probably going to mean i'm going to spend the rest of my life in jail or i'm going to be executed. those thoughts didn't immediately cross your mind? >> no. i mean, because at that point in time to a certain extent, i was already dead. and that death, per se, is not what i feared the most. i feared letting him down more than i feared death. >> can you say that when you shared your life story with him after you met him and told him about what you had been through as a child that in some ways you were giving him the blueprint by which to control you? can you explain that? >> i was bedridden for a period of time, i basically divulged everything. and i found him to be an excellent listener. so in doing so without ambivalence without holding anything back, i provided him with a blueprint. he knew exactly what motivated me, what i was looking for, what was lacking. >> you have admitted now that there was abuse. what kind of abuse? and at whose hands? >> early on around the age of 6, i was -- around 5 years old, i was sexually abused by a babysitter. and then later on by relatives, when i was 8, 9 years old. and then for the entire period when i was almost 15 until i got arrested, i was sexually abused by john mohammed. >> there may be cynics listening to this, mr. malvo who say he's coming forward with this information about sexual abuse at the hands of mohammed right now because he's hoping it might have impact on his situation and his future. is there any part of this revelation that you think is going to change your situation, your lot in life, your time in prison? >> no, not really. >> not really. in some ways do you hope that people will take a look at you in a different light? >> i mean, i seriously doubt this is going to change anything as far as my life goes. >> and yet i would imagine the family members of the victims would say you had opportunities to stop, to run away, even through the abuse, even through the manipulation. you could have done something to stop the killing and you did nothing. >> i couldn't say no. i had wanted that level of love and acceptance and consistency for all of my life. and couldn't find it. and even if i'm consciously or even in moments of short reflection i knew that it was wrong, i did not have the will power to say no. >> what was it like for you to pull the trigger? and when you did and killed, did you have any doubt that you would kill again? >> when i pulled the trigger for the first time, this may sound surreal, but it's simply what happened. >> you described yourself once as a monster at that time. explain that to me. >> when someone cannot go beyond themselves and begin to consider how their actions affect others and are solely motivated by their own self-interests, we call them psychopaths. >> to this date, are there victims of your shooting spree that have not been identified? >> yes. >> wouldn't it be helpful to family members of those other people to give more information and tell the police what you know? >> without anyone contacting me two and a half years ago, i reached out and did that in five different instances and different states, but there was a point in time where psychologically i couldn't handle it. this is the reality. in here, i have no one. i have to take care of myself. yes, it is something i want to do and will do. >> some people listening to this right now are going to say, wow, that's a lot of self-pity there, he's feeling awfully sorry for himself. and they're going to think that's outrageous. >> i understand that, but there's nothing i can do about that. i'm just being honest. i mean, i'm not going to pretend to be something i'm not. >> have you forgiven yourself? >> yes. >> for all of these crimes? for all of these innocent lives lost, you've forgiven yourself? >> yes. that's the only way i can live with myself. >> and based on the grief and horror you inflicted on those other families, do you think it's the life you deserve? >> i wouldn't wish this on anyone. i wouldn't wish this on anyone. this is well, i mean, it was intended to punish, and that what -- it is effective. i mean, it is complete deprivation. i mean, i don't see outside. i have no contact with animals, plants, people. >> you have told our producer mr. malvo this will be your last interview that you won't speak about your crimes at any point inhe future. so to the family members of the victims, if this is, indeed, the last time they will hear from you, what would you say to them? >> i would share with them what i've used for myself, what has worked for me. please do not allow my actions and the actions of muhammad to hold you hostage and continue to victimize you for the rest of your life. if you give those images and thoughts that power, it will continue to inflict that suffering over and over and over and over and over again. do not give me or him that much power. >> law enforcement officials offered no comment when asked if it's possible there could be more victims. former fbi profiler and nbc news analyst says there is no proof that other crimes occurred. and given malvo's age and the control he says muhammad had over him, malvo may not have a reliable memory of the events. and according to clint, this could be a cry for attention from a person spending a long time in solitary confinement. as for the known victims of the d.c. snipers earlier this month, nbc's chief justice correspondent pete williams spoke to bob myers whose brother dean was shot at a gas station in virginia. he says the passage of time does not erase the sense of loss, but he has come to understand a bit more about lee boyd malvo. >> we recognize that he was a tremendously -- under the control of muhammad. and he was, probably a good word would be brainwashed. and since that time he's gotten as we understand it some mentoring, some help, and has had some years to recognize what he did. and our understanding is that e he, given the chance, would not have chosen to take the same course again. but he can't alter that. >> the conversation with malvo lasted some 40 minutes. we're going to make the vast majority of it available online so people can hear for themselves. >> how many lives destroyed. >> absolutely. >>> we want to turn and check the weather. >> sandy, but it is also going to be affected by this front that's making its way through the midsection of the country. ahead of the front, look at these temperatures, buffalo near 80, 76 in chicago, 82 in huntsville, denver getting 3 inches of snow and 37 degrees. tomorrow that front moves to the east. we look for temperatures really dropping, but here in the east, we'll continue to stay warm, 70 in atlanta, 75 in washington, d.c., ten degrees above normal. that's what's >> good morning. it turned out to be a nice day. low clouds and fog will hang out. and then we will get sunshine cared high temperatures into the >>> and that's your latest weather. matt? 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the cancer charity that lance armstrong founded. he has quite the fall from grace. we will ask "today's" professionals whether they think the charity will survive. >> he's a professional broadcaster. >> exactly. >>> and tom cruise fighting back against claims that were made in two tabloid magazines that he abandoned his daughter suri. we're going to hear from his lawyer about a just filed $50 million lawsuit. >> all right. a lot to get to. let's go inside. natalie's got the headlines. >>> good morning, matt, savannah, and al. good morning, everyone. colin powell has endorsed president obama for a second term. powell had also endorsed obama back in 2008. on monday, former president bill clinton will campaign together with president obama in three swing states, florida, ohio, and virginia. president obama's already hitting those states today. romney's also in ohio. and a republican super pac has released a new ad that features clint eastwood who warns that america could not survive a second obama term. >>> hurricane sandy made landfall today in southern cuba with heavy rain and winds topping 110 miles per hour. in jamaica where sandy came ashore wednesday, streets were flooded, one elderly man was killed when a bolder slammed into his house. >>> and in haiti, a woman died there when she was swept away by a river. >>> a teenage suspect arrested wednesday for the murder of colorado schoolgirl jessica ridgeway appears in court today. 17-year-old austin reed sigg lived about a mile away from the 10-year-old jessica who vanished on her way to school earlier this month. her remains were found five days later. sigg is also charged with the attempted kidnapping with a female jogger back in may. >>> and we have a clarification on a story we brought you on wednesday about a new high-speed toll road in texas. it was built with private funding and not a combination of public and private money. however, the builder will share tolls with the state. >>> now for a look at what's trending today, our quick round-up what has you talking online. this photo posted by president obama on twitter tuesday has gone viral. and it's not because of the president's playful moment with two schoolboys, it's because as you see there, the little guy in the background who used that distraction to steal a kiss. >>> well, florida's most wanted has been captured, a monkey who has been on the loose for several years in the st. petersburg area. the mystery monkey of tampa bay wrote on his facebook page wednesday. today my freedom has been taken away. state wildlife officials intensified their search for the monkey after he bit a woman this month. >>> and parks and recreation's ron swanson, nick offer mannos about growing a proper mustache. he's sharing unusual online tips to help other men grow a mustache. >> capture a household bug, then set it free. tolerate a crying baby, smell wood. >> his pitch is tied to november, the month men are encouraged to grow a mustache to support men's health. >>> let's go back outside to al with a check of the weather. he does have a fabulous mustache. >> it is. it is really very manly. thanks so much, natalie. and a happy sweet sixteen. all right. well, it is not a happy day for our friends down in southern florida as they watch sandy start to approach 420 miles southeast of miami, florida, 105-mile-per-hour winds, it's moving fast, north at 18 miles per hour. as you can see, we've got hurricane watches and warnings in effect. hurricane warnings for cuba, much of the bahamas. we've got tropical storm warnings in effect also along the coast of florida. we're watching that as you can see the path is going to be really critical. we've got tropical storm warnings from key largo up to daytona beach. the path of this system is going to bring it up through the bahamas late tomorrow and out into the atlantic hugging the coast. however, once we get out to the atlantic saturday morning, that's where the paths differ as far as some of the hurricane models. we're talking about the american model taking it out into the atlantic and then back into new england. the european model brings it into the delmarva peninsula some time late sunday into early monday. >> good morning. the winds have shifted to the east. clouds will break up this afternoon and it will still be relatively mild, high near 72. >>> and that's your latest weather. here's savannah. >> all right, al. thanks. coming up, rosie o'donnell opens up to dr. oz about her recent heart attack. we'll talk to dr. oz about their revealing conversation. >>> and later, what the critics are saying about pippa middleton's new party planning book. with over 200 varieties, keurig makes brewing a delicious cup of coffee simple. how does it brew such great coffee? 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somebody out there talking about it? >> it needs a face. there is -- and rosie's correct, no one to step forward who is really well known who can personify it. it's an iconic moment because we give the illness that takes more female lives than any other a face. rosie will be identified as the person who symbolizes what this means. and when you find yourself in her story, it's one of the most soulful interviews. she's so clear about the mistakes she made. >> that's what the real take away from this is. in fact, we have another portion of the interview to play. when she talks about the mistakes she made. let's listen. >> i did not call 911, and i should have. and i've come to find out that 50% of women while having heart attacks and suspecting they're having heart attacks do not call 911. and it was the stupidest decision i ever made in my life. >> do a lot of women ignore the symptoms? and is that something that you see mostly in women? or everybody in the circumstance? >> specific to women really. women don't put themselves first. they put their kids first, their husband, their work, everyone comes before them. but in addition to the heart disease, it's an additional problem. it's not on the radar screen. rosie's a young woman, when she had the symptoms, they were so classic, how did she miss them? when a woman dies in america, one of the first places we look as a cause is inside their stomach. you know what we're looking for? we're looking for pepto bismol. maybe they thought it was indigestion but they were having a massive heart attack. she could've died, she probably should've died, it's a miracle. >> the smartest thing she did was take an aspirin, right? >> and please remember, if you think you're having a heart attack, don't just take the aspirin, do what rosie did, chew the aspirin, and anyone over the age of 40 ought to be on aspirin anyway. but if you're not going to take it, keep it near you. >> we've got less than a minute to run through the symptoms. chest pain, a classic sign, but women may not experience it in their chest. >> men get that vice-like feeling, women will get pains in their arms and neck. don't get fooled, if it does not get better over a few minutes, it's getting worse, might be a heart attack. >> nausea and indigestion. >> that's why we look at women's stomachs for pepto bismol, you have to assume it's a heart attack. >> shortness of breath for obvious reasons this is a particularly dangerous sign. >> the most important of all because it means the blood's backing up in your lungs, they can't work anymore, you've got to get the water out of them. only the heart can do that. that shortness of breath, if it occurs, activity that didn't use to bother you, big deal. >> fatigue and doeizziness. >> when it doesn't get better when you relax, that worries me. these are five symptoms, if you have two or three, you have to assume it's your heart. tell them you might be having a heart attack, that way you will not get ignored. >> it's a good interview, rosie talks about changes she's making in her life, as well, and it airs today on the "dr. oz show." >>> "today's" professionals weigh in after this. 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>> you know, matt, i called my rich white dudes last night to ask for a $5 million donation to go on a fishing expedition and i got responses. they said as long as romney releases ten years of tax returns -- >> you're not answering the question. what about this challenge? >> it's ridiculous. everybody knows it's ridiculous. >> i've known donald a long time, he's been my landlord, we've been friends. i'm kind of repulsed by it. if it ends my friendship with donald, it ends it. it's wrong, it's to me i think there's a racist base to it with this birther thing. i think there's a vulgarity to it. and i think donald's such a smart guy and done so many smart things, he's got to stop this. it's repulsive. >> donny, i agree with you on that. i think donald trump is amusing when he's inventing a controversy about the miss america pageant, i know him, he's a nice man, generous man, but here he's totally wrong. >> barack obama would like nothing more than to ignore donald trump. on the other hand, they're adversaries, why not make him cough up $5 million? >> because you don't give credibility to the incredible under any circumstances. >> it doesn't -- >> absolutely not. >> by the way, who cares? when do we judge people in adult life by their report card? >> the president of the harvard law review didn't get all "cs," let's be clear. >> lance armstrong has had a difficult couple of weeks. not only stripped of his tour de france titles, all seven, lost all of his major endorsement deals and had to step down as chairman of live strong, the charity he founded. can that charity, live strong now survive in the wake of this scandal? you're the image guy. >> yes, but barely. it's a sad circumstance. what they should do immediately -- and some celebrity should step up and say i'm going to take that mantle. to me, if there's a great athlete out there who cares about this cause, which we all do, step up and say, you know what? this is bigger than any one person, which, of course it is, and fill that mantle. >> willie, does the charity have a future? >> it does. it's not fair, but it's reality, they're going to be held responsible for the actions of lance armstrong. there are a lot of good people working there, raised a ton of money. they'll be held responsible for what lance armstrong did. if you're giving money and you have a choice between that organization, one of the many others, you probably go the other way. >> i raise money for charity for cancer organizations and i think it probably needs to move to the real people every day who are living with cancer. because the live strong foundation really doesn't raise money for research, they raise money for the survivors. and if that becomes the face of the foundation, then i do think it can survive. >>> the computer company has come out with a brand new computer, they're marketing this right to women, young women. it's called floral kiss, among the female specific attributes are caps locks keys decorated with jewelry type things, diamond-cut stones, gold trim on the top casing, a flip latch easily opened by someone with long fingernails, it has a diary app, daily horoscope app. is this marketing brilliance? or is this something they're going to end up apologizing for down the road? >> i want to personally thank them. finally, someone's made a computer for me. >> is this smart? or do young girls and women these days want to be seen not as superficial people who care about bling and glitter. >> this is my iphone case. i like -- i'm a girl, i don't have any problem with it. >> and my 8-year-old feels the same way. it's -- girls do have certain visual, not all of them. >> they could have left out the horoscope thing, but i don't know, put the daily quote in. >> the company made a calculation, they make other computers, women are smart if they choose to buy the other one, it's a fun thing. >> jon stewart hosted comedy central tonight, benefits autism programs. various shall we say creative things were auctioned off. including an opportunity to go to the bathroom with actor seth rogen. and guess who won that? donny bid $36,000 to -- i need to know why. >> two things, $18,000, this is not right, guys, it was charity and it was a good excuse -- >> it's on video? >> i didn't think they would air it. nobody wants this. i didn't think they were going to air it. >> of all the things to bid on. >> and you know what? it was a very special experience. me and seth bonded. >> and most importantly for the audience, you washed your hands. >> i hope so, yes. >> you're giving me more money -- >> i'll tell you, jon stewart, he does an amazing thing. >> got to go. adam levine next. >> good morning. i'm mindy basara. let's get a final check on your morning commute with traffic pulse 11 and sarah caldwell. >> still dealing with closures in elkridge, northbound route 1 shutdown that brookdale due to early morning accident. one lane getting by southbound but expect delays northbound. northbound 29 at a river's edge wrote an accident. west side, delays from 795 toward edmonson. 15 miles an hour on the outer loop. 70 -- brakes 32 to about way, 21 miles an hour south amount -- south of 95 out of white marsh. once you get to the north side of the beltway, outer loop bel air toward dulaney valimaa slow spots. 83 and timonium, not bad here. if you want to head out on the jfx, belt way down toward 28th street, delays in place. there is a look at liberty, west side delays from 795 all the way down. john join us with a look at the forecast. >> cloudy skies looking at the national radar. rain is still to the northwest and to the south from sandy. by the end of the weekend, it looks like it all comes together over the mid-atlantic and northeast every more coming up in a little while. with the clouds we are cool this morning, 62. humidity is up. light east wind. barometer is high for the time being. the forecast puts us and the temperature range mostly low seven's. banking on sun breaking through this afternoon. the seven-day forecast, we get wet by the time we finish the weekend and it looks like sandy will be partially responsible for that. >> back with anothe >>> we're back now, 8:30 on a thursday morning, the 25th day of october. we've got some overcast skies here in the northeast, but not too bad on the temperature side. and we're hoping for a nice couple of days before some possible rain from sandy a little later in the weekend and early next week. i'm matt lauer along with savannah gurthrie, al roker, and natalie morales. listening to the music of maroon 5, the guys are inside getting ready for a live performance for us in a couple of minutes. that's adam levine right there. we're going to talk to him about his gig on "the voice" and acting and other things. >>> speaking of moves like jagger, don't forget our big dance party tomorrow, our show us your moves "today" danceoff will happen live. you're looking at our five finalists. they will be here. we will have celebrity judges that will then announce a winner. that's tomorrow on "today." this is an early favorite. the pajama -- i'm not judging, i don't think. >> don't give endorsements. >> okay. all right. all right. >> that's right. we've also got the howloween edition of adopt me. bringing us some cuticuties loo for a good home. >>> and here's an age-old question, can men and women ever be friends? >> yes. >> yes? >> yes. >> we'll be talking about it. there's apparently a very interesting new study out with different results. we'll tell you what they are coming up in our take three. >> men or women? >> i was about to say, men will say yes, women are like, i don't know. >> another check of the weather. >>> starting with today, of course, we've got the effects of sandy down in southern florida. along this frontal system, we've got cold air funneling back behind it. so some snow throughout much of minnesota. rain along the great lakes and on into the mississippi river valley. santa ana winds in southern california today, mountain snows in the pacific northwest. tomorrow, look for more rainmaking its way from the mid great lakes region all the way down to the gulf coast. mountain snows continue in the pacific northwest. windy conditions and red flag warnings up for southern california. rain along the southeastern atlantic coast as sandy makes its way to the north. that >> good morning. it turned out to be a nice day. low clouds and fog will hang out. and then we will get sunshine cared high temperatures into the >>> we've got another tv news crew here. where are you guys from? >> we're from pennsylvania, milford, pennsylvania. >> you do tv news? >> yeah. >> you would be like the matt lauer and you'd be the al roker and you'd be the -- no, you'd be the willie geist and there's savannah back there and natalie. very nice. don't forget, you can get your weather. anybody do the weather on your newscast? you do it. all right. if you can't see their show, check out the weather channel on cable and weather.com online. which one of you wants to be willard? all right. there you go. let's shave his head and give him some smucker's jelly. >> orchard's finest. that's the name of the new jelly and jam. unbelievable. i mean it with all my heart. orchard's finest. birthday finest. we have birthday buddies today. and here's the lovely grace ross of boca raton, florida, 105 years old, and she loves traveling on cruise ships. down there, a lot of cruise ships leave out of south florida. all over the world. this is john, big bad john morley kirksville, missouri, 100 years old. secret to longevity, laugh as long as you can. and now here's the lovely edythe hardway from maumelle, arkansas, 100 years old. she has a sweet tooth as big as my ego. i know i like this guy, willard. a lot of willards in this country, you'd be surprised. willard and jenny whittmore. plymouth, massachusetts, 75 years they've been married, and they still are madly in love. elver hodges and elver is from wauchula in the great state of florida, 100 years old today, enjoys civil war history. quite a bit of civil war in north florida, did you know that? there is. inez waller and she is from newville, pennsylvania, 103 years old today. an avid sreader. mary russo loves eating vegetables and loves sewing things. she grows some of her own vegetables. go back to new york where there's all the action. >> thank you very much, willard. >>> when we come back, adam levine on "the voice," and then on stage with his band, maroon 5 in our studio. this is "today." as a pastor, my support for question 6 is rooted in my belief that the government should treat everyone equally. i would not want someone denying my rights based upon their religious views, therefore i should not deny others based upon mine. it's about fairness. this law does not force any church to perform a same sex marriage if it's against their beliefs. and that's what this is about. protecting religious freedom and protecting all marylanders equally under the law. join me in voting for question 6. ♪ >>> back now at 8:38 with adam levine, lead singer of maroon 5. they're about to head out on tour in support of their new album "overexposed," he's also one of the coaches on "the voice." and the competition is hotter than ever. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> we're going to hear from maroon 5 in a little bit, but first we want to talk about "the voice." can you believe it's been such a success? a network-saving success. >> i know. it's bizarre. because it was something that we did and i wasn't sure what it was going to be like. you know, you never know. and it just surpassed all of our wildest expectations. >> well, we know that you won season one. >> yes, i did. >> blake won season two. do you feel the pressure? because blake's been rubbing it in your face a little bit. >> he likes to do that. he likes to do that. but i'm unfazed by it. he can taunt me all he wants, but at the end of the day, he knows i'm cooler than he is. i love you, blake, slash hate you. >> it'll all be settled on the stage. >> exactly. >> you have the new rules, you can do the steal now. that's spiced things up. >> the steal is great. after extensive market research. what happened was -- just kidding. but no, everyone loves when you press the button, it's cool. and you're right, it spices it up a bit. it's nice. >> any other suggestions from the focus groups? >> no. season three is still going on, but actually, you're also in season four, as well. you're testing some things and you've got new judges. >> yes. >> shakira and usher. >> they're amazing. taking it to it quickly. that's another thing, couple of variables, they come in. and they're amazing and i think they were hired for a reason. >> i was going to say, it must be hard. one of the things that makes "the voice" so good is that you have this chemistry with the other judges. >> we were concerned, regardless of how amazing people are as artists, you never know if it'll work in this particular context. but they were unbelievable from the get go, picked it up fast. >> do they trash talk like you guys? >> there's a little bit. it hasn't gotten as deep yet. once you get really comfortable with each other, the trash talk starts to flow. it'll flow, don't worry. >> okay. so we know that ceelo and christina are coming back for season five. are you coming back for season five? >> i do not know what i'm doing. who knows? life is an adventure. >> now you're going to wax philosophic philosophical. >> i technically am supposed to be through through four. so we'll have to see -- i mean, that's a long time actually when you think about it. it's still two seasons that need to be completed. >> all right. >> i'm not sure where my head will be at that point. >> i know you've been trying some acting too. you just had an episode on "american horror story." i watched some of it this morning. it's scary. >> super gross. >> you lose an arm. >> i do lose an arm. i'm really happy it wasn't real because i couldn't imagine how much that would hurt. yeah, you know, and i don't like the horror genre very much. i basically said i don't like this show. >> what do you do then? offer you that crazy sex scene? there's some racy stuff in there. >> i thought it would be a nice way to face my fear. just do it and maybe it won't be terrifying and it didn't work at all. >> there's a little bit of a racy scene in there. >> yeah. >> way to suffer for your art. >> oh, yeah. thank you. >> do you think acting is something you want to do more of? >> you know, i think for me it's a case-by-case basis. i don't know if it's something -- the things that i've done so far have been incredible. and so much fun. so i think i'll probably keep doing it depending on, of course, what it is that i'm doing. >> when you watched your episode, did you watch your episode? >> i tried. i tried. i got like 20 minutes in and then the aliens and -- i just -- it's all of the blood. it wasn't my stuff that scared me, it was everything else that scared me because i wasn't there when it was shot. >> i googled you this morning and there was a news story that said adam levine loves underwear. >> i do. i mean, yeah. what a stupid headline. where did that come from? >> i don't know. google it. >> i hope it wasn't you guys. >> it wasn't us. >> doesn't seem like you guys. you guys are classier than that. >> we are. i just wondered if there was a backstory there. >> i say a lot of things. >> we're out of time. >> yeah. >> and we're out. and of course you can catch "the voice" mondays and tuesdays 8:00/7:00 central on nbc. this is "today" on nbc. it's heavy lifting. you start with a democratic senator named ben. by getting bwi-marshall funding for new runways, he's helping us serve 21 million passengers a year, which helps keep 100,000 jobs that depend on the airport, and that means more cargo for more businesses and more skycaps unloading more taxis... welcome to bwi. ...carrying families with more luggage. thanks. it's like he's out here with us. he's my friend, ben. i hope he's your friend, too. i'm ben cardin, and i approve this message. >>> the toyota concert series on "today" brought to you by toyota. >> we just heard from adam levine about his time on "the voice," now for his day job as the front man for maroon 5. they're launching a u.s. tour in february and their latest album is called "overexposed." ladies and gentlemen, maroon 5. ♪ ♪ you and i go hard at each other like we're going to war ♪ ♪ you and i go rough we keep throwing things slamming the door ♪ ♪ you and i get so dysfunctional we start keeping score ♪ ♪ you and i get sick and i know we can do this no more ♪ ♪ yeah but baby there you go there you go again making me love you ♪ ♪ yeah i stopped using my head let it all go ♪ ♪ got you stuck on my body on my body like a tattoo ♪ ♪ and now i'm feeling stupid, feeling stupid crawling back to you ♪ ♪ i cross my heart and hope to die ♪ ♪ that i'll only stay with you one more night ♪ ♪ and i know i said it a million times ♪ ♪ but i only stay with you one more night ♪ ♪ try to tell you no but my body keeps telling you yes ♪ ♪ try to tell you stop but your lipstick got me so out of breath ♪ ♪ i'll be waking up in the morning probably hating myself ♪ ♪ i'll be waking up feeling satisfied, guilty as hell ♪ ♪ baby, there you go there you go again making he love you ♪ ♪ i stopped using my head stopped using my head ♪ ♪ i got you stuck on my body like a tattoo ♪ ♪ now i'm feeling stupid crawling back to you ♪ ♪ i cross my heart and hope to die ♪ ♪ that i'll only stay with you one more night ♪ ♪ and i know i said it a million times ♪ ♪ but i'll only stay with you one more night ♪ ♪ yeah baby give me one more night ♪ ♪ yeah baby give me one more night ♪ ♪ yeah baby give me one more night ♪ ♪ but baby there you go again there you go again making me love you ♪ ♪ i stopped using my head using my head let it all go ♪ ♪ got you stuck on my body like a tattoo ♪ ♪ yeah yeah yeah ♪ ♪ so i cross my heart and hope to die ♪ ♪ that i'll only stay with you one more night ♪ ♪ and i know i said it a million times ♪ ♪ but i'll only stay with you one more night ♪ ♪ yeah baby give me one more night ♪ ♪ yeah baby give me one more night ♪ ♪ said it a million times ♪ baby give me one more night ♪ yeah baby give me one more night ♪ >> maroon 5, the album's called "overexposed" a u.s. tour starting in february. thank you very much. >>> up next, a halloween edition of from bow to wow. this is "today" on nbc. >>> and we're back now with a special halloween edition of "from bow to wow" where we find sheltered dogs loving homes. and our success rate still 100%. we're proud of that. and we're proud of our animal advocate jill rappaport for bringing it to us. >> hi, matt, four years and counting. that's great news. and this is also october happens to be national pet adoption month. any month or day is a perfect time to get a heart melter from the shelter. >> we're back here at animal care and control, and despite our 100% adoption record, sadly the cages are still chocked full. we have a great group in honor of halloween starting with this little angel. this is pumpkin. >> pumpkin's a 1-year-old terrier and he was rescued as a stray found wandering around the streets and our field officers rescued him and brought him in. >> great dog, very sweet. this would be a great breed with kids, as well. >> absolutely. >> guess what this little guy's name is? boo. an adorable 2 1/2-year-old baby who had a very sad situation. >> yeah, his owner was ill and could no longer care for him. >> so he is looking for a lovable home. and he's going to get a nice haircut in the process. say hello to jack-o-lantern. jack for short and just a really adorable, what, poodle mix? >> yeah, also rescued as a stray, found wandering on the street by himself. >> when you first hold him, he was trembling for a minute, but he settles in. he's saying i need a new home now. we have our only girl in the group appropriately called candy, she's very transfixed on the boys over there. >> she's a 2 1/2-year-old pug mix. >> oh, yes, you are. and she says can you please let me down so i can flirt with that big fella over there. there she goes. and finally trick-or-treat, and what a treat this little boy is. still a puppy, right? >> he's only 6 months old and a poodle mix. >> and a cuddly little baby that wants to kiss you all day long. mwah. >> we're joined by richard. good to have you back. does it drive you crazy when she talks like that to the animals? >> they like it, though. >> all right. first up on this halloween edition of "from bow to wow." we've got pumpkin. pumpkin looked like this, and now pumpkin is walked up by sarah from miami, florida, a member of our audience, and this is her birthday. hey, sarah. tell me about pumpkin. >> pumpkin is the most energetic dog out of the group. he'll play ball with himself, throw the ball up in the air, catch it to keep himself busy. good in a home without a lot of other dogs but a lot of family members. a year old. >> sarah, thank you very much, happy birthday to you. we appreciate it. all right. next up we have a 2 1/2-year-old dog named boo. and let's take a look before and now here's natalie walking boo out now. richard, take it away. >> boo is -- the foster parent couldn't say enough about the personality of boo. good for a first-time dog owner because he's so easy. >> loves the leg. >> i think he thinks i'm a former owner or something. >> or a former fire hydrant. >> boo is a really, really cute dog. and again, 2 1/2 years old, a lot of personality and energy. we should find him a great home. thank you very much. next up, we have jack-o-lantern, and jack-o-lantern is a 20-pound poodle mix. and here's a look at him first and here is savannah bringing jack-o-lantern dressed as a hot dog. >> with mustard. >> where's the dignity in this? >> he's a hot dog. >> just a mellow dog. he'll be by your side the whole time, likes to follow you around, well-behaved, easily trained. just overall, just a love. >> and finally, kathie lee gifford and hoda have our next two dogs, they come as a pair, candy and treat. and they are our bride and groom for halloween. there is something just wrong about this. >> look at the face on the bride. it gives people hope. >> he's 6 months old, he's still a little puppy, but again -- >> the sweetest face. >> really cute. now we're showing them as a pair, do they have to be adopted as a pair? >> no. they don't need to be adopted together. bring them out. bring out all the dogs. richard, thank you very much. keep our 100% record going. and we're going to be back. find out more about adopting, look at our website. >> good morning. i'm mindy basara. here's a look at one of our top story. anne arundel county police arrest a man they upset -- say abducted a glen burnie woman from her own bed. he faces kidnapping and attempted murder charges. he broke into the home of the 300 block of larose avenue and forced the sleeping woman outside a knife point and police outside a knife point and police and eventually i've always been lucky. flew 37 bombing missions over germany. made it home every time. i'm lucky to have good friends who are all still around, and we're all lucky to have a friend named ben. ben's protected our medicare and veterans' benefits. and he's helping my 13 grandchildren afford college. he's my friend, ben. i hope he's your friend, too. i'm ben cardin, and i'm honored to approve this message. >> good morning. we start the day today with clouds and temperatures and 60's. we expect some sun to break through. mostly cloudy morning, partly cloudy but the afternoon. the sun will help take temperatures up to the upper 60's to low 70's for a high. cooler than yesterday. cooler than yesterday. as a pastor, my support for question 6 is rooted in my belief that the government should treat everyone equally. i wouldn't want someone denying my rights based upon their religious views, so i shouldn't deny others based upon mine. it's about fairness. i support this law because it doesn't force any church to perform a same sex marriage if it's against their beliefs. and that's what this is about. protecting religious freedom and all marylanders equally under the law. join me in voting for question 6.
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search news 4 today. have a great one. >>> good morning. new clues. police hunting for jessica ridgeway's killer release images of a wooden cross recovered after her body was found. could it help identify the person responsible for her death? >>> breaking his silence. >> i've been er, but i've always been worse. >> lance armstrong speaks out for the first time since stepping down as chairman of his cancer charity, in the wake of a damning report claiming he doped his way to cycling victory. as he waits to hear if he'll be stripped of his tour de france titles within days. >>> and it's official. justin timberlake and jessica biel get hitched at a star-studded italian wedding. the inside scoop about their big bash. today is saturday, october 20th, 2012. >> from nbc news, this is "today" with lester holt and jenna wolf. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a saturday. i'm lester holt. >> i'm jenna wolf. investigators in colorado spent the last week looking for the person who abducted and killed 10-year-old jessica ridgeway. >> now, there's potentially a new clue that could bring them closer. they're hoping that this cross provides them with new information in the case. we're going to get more on this potential important piece of evidence in just a moment. >>> then it looks like a scene from an action movie. thieves making off with paintings worth millions of dollars. >>> plus, we've all season video of people swimming with dolphins. maybe yove done that? >> sure. every thursday. >> how about a tiger? ever thought of going swimming with a tiger? this is a new attraction at a zoo if florida. some people say it's thrilling, call of the wild. others say it's sending the wrong message. i thought cats didn't like water. >> well, who came up with the idea? who's sitting around -- oh, i know what i haven't done. let's swim with tigers. it's so random. >> i'm not sure how i feel about it. but we'll see more about it. >>> speaking of other crazy things people are doing, a little mud, sweat, and tears are coming, i took on something that helps an excellent charity. i didn't know i had to go through all this to helping them out. it involves racing through a mud-filled obstacle course. these are all the rave now. i thought i could handle it. you could see i couldn't so well. >> i'm starting to feel better about swimming with the tigers. >> it was a lot of fun, so we'll have more. >> you clean up well. >> by the way, thank you for responding to the invite when i asked you to come. >> next time. >>> we want to get started with presidential application. president obama and mitt romney will spend the rest of the weekend studying up for the next and final debate. peter alexander is traveling with the romney campaign. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. we are in the tarmac right now. this is the romney campaign plane as he heads today to boca raton ahead of monday's third and final debate. the president will spend his weekend at camp david preparing for that debate. but both candidates on the trail squeezed in another series of attacks just yesterday. the president was in virginia accusing romney of moderating his stands and conveniently forgetting past positions on women's issues and the economy. he referred to it as romnesia. mitt romney said the president simply has no agenda, no plan for the future. he said the president's basically been reduced to petty attacks and silly word games. again, though, that last debate son monday, just 15 days before what will be a very close contest. the focus is foreign policy. it will be heavily focused on the middle east and on terrorism. the president has long had an advantage on foreign affairs. of course, he was the man who called for the attack that killed osama bin laden, but republicans and mitt romney's allies have seen a vulnerability in this administration, especially after revolving responses to last month's deadly attack in libya. there are new documents released late yesterday, lester, that include documents from ambassador chris stevens. he simply said a month before the attack that violence in the country was not random. lester? >>> joe and minka are here to break things down with us. let's talk about mitt romney's comment about having a binder full of women, speaking in reference of what he would do. >> the fact that he asked for the binders is not true. he was given the binders by a bipartisan organization of women's groups that want to see more women in office. second of all, it just seems like not a very personal story in term ofrs understanding the needs of women and families. if you look at the difference between mitt romney and the president on these issues, the president leaves mitt romney in the dust. >> the president typically has been ahead in terms of women. you look at battleground states. >> there is a tightening up. it certainly looks like in this poll, the pew poll came out last week, and a lot of women weighed in and they said they thought mitt romney could handle the economy better. they're thinking about how they can put their children through college. >> they're thinking about the economy. when it comes to health care and their families, women are protected under this administration because of the health care legislation. if you think about jobs, women are doing better than men, quite frankly, under the obama economy. >> i want to ask you both about the continuing controversy over the benghazi attack and how the administration characterized it at the beginning and later on. >> it was a really frustrating part of that debate. you would think mitt romney would have been able to clearly state his case, talk about how the white house made mistakes, not only with security but after. you have the president claiming the other night that from day one, he said it was an act of terror. >> he did call it an act of terror. >> he condemned the attack, but in another sentence, he said we'll be against acts of terror across the globe. >> is this a big issue? we have a foreign policy debate coming up. >> i don't think it resonates completely. having said that, mitt romney missed a huge opportunity in the last debasmt i think we agree on that. and will be ready for next debate and the administration better have their ducks in a row. >> it does go to leadership. to their bigger message. which is the president saying i'm a strong leader, i'm strong on the national defense, i killed osama bin laden, and al qaeda is in retreat. if a u.s. ambassador is killed by al qaeda, the white house can't get its story straight on that fact, it messes up that message. >> i was in florida this week, i'll be doing the show as part of our battleground series sunday in florida. talked to some people who were put off by some of the gotcha in the debate. said they wanted some answers and they didn't hear a lot. >> these are serious times. i hope the conversation in the next debate breathes a little bit. >> you were a congressman. they're giving a sense of why it's such a huge outcome. >> mitt romney at this point better have florida and north carolina and virginia locked down, because he's got a fight the next couple weeks in the midwest. florida seems to be breaking mitt romney's way. and you'll know early in the night, polls close at 7:00 in florida. and if barack obama is outperforming him in the eastern time zone, then game over. >> all right, thanks very much. you can catch "morning joe" week days at 6:00 a.m. on msnbc. now let's get a check of the rest of the morning's top stories from courtney reagan. >>> good morning, everyone. this is a day of mourning in lebanon where a huge car bomb has ended several years of peace. stephanie gosk reports from beirut. >> reporter: the military is on the street in beirut, they've shut off a number of roads, including the main road to the airport. this city is really rattled after yesterday's attack. in one of the city's most affluent neighborhoods. sensually leveling entire city block. it killed eight people including a top security official here. he invtigated a number of high profile terrorism cases that eventually implicated the syrian government, and yesterday, some top officials here were accusing the syrian government of assassinating him. this country, like syria, is split between two groups, pro and anti-assad, and the fear all along has been that the violence in that country would spill over the borders into this one. courtney? >> stephanie, thank you. >>> there's good news to report about the 15-year-old pakistani girl whose story is being followed around the world. the british hospital treating 15-year-old malala yousafzai says she's able to stand and write with some help. malala was shot in the head by the taliban for speaking out for the right of girls to be educated. >>> a small wooden cross pendant may be an important clue in the case of a murdered 10-year-old colorado girl. the cross was recovered as police investigate the killing of jessica ridgeway. they say it could help identify the person responsible for her death. jessica was kidnapped walked to school and was later found dismembered. >>> the spotlight is back on in the trayvon martin trial. lawyers for george zimmerman can check the postings for martin. the judge says lawyers need to know if martin has any violent tendencies. zimmerman says he shot martin in self-defense. >>> a texas icon has been destroyed by fire. big tex, a metal cowboy more than 50 feet high, welcomed visitors with a big howdy, folks, for 60 years. they are vowing to rebuild the icon in time for next year's fare. >>> jessica biel and justin timberlake have exchanged vows in southern italy. "people" magazine says the famous couple got married friday in what's reported to be a $6 million ceremony. timberlake, who is 31 and biel who's 30, have been dating on and off since 2007. their engagement was announced earlier this year. that's the news. i have to admit, my teenage heartbreaking a little. j.t. officially off the market. >> yeah, sad. but a lot of weddings been going on lately. >> speaking of italy, someone just got back from italy. dylan dreyer, you just got back from your honeymoon. >> why to you think we planned italy? j.t. was there. >> congratulations, by the way. >> i was too nervous to say hi. thank you very much. it is nice to be back here, settle back in. i was here for a couple weeks and then just disappeared for a while, so now i'm back. pretty nic we do have some heavy rain across cape cod. it turns into a nice day around the northeast. sunny in texas with highs in the mid 80s. that is a look at the weather across the country. >>> a good saturday morning to you. i'm storm team 4 meteorologist chuck bell. a clear sky and cool start to your weekend. on the whole a fairly nice weekend for all of your outdoor plans. we will have some clouds to deal with later this afternoon but i think our rain chances are at or near zero. current temperatures now mid 40s in the western suburbs to mid 50s in town and alongside of the bay. our clear sky will lead to clouds by this afternoon. temperatures in the 60s with a bit of a northwest breeze. >> and that's a check on weather. >> all right, dylan, thank you very much. >>> the pressure to perform well in school seems to be high oher than ever for ambitious students, and now an increasing number of high school and college students around the country are going for a dangerous quick fix to make sure they succeed. kate snow has the cautionary tale told by one of those students. >> reporter: it was examine time at one of the nation's most prestigious schools, columbia university in new york, and the pressure was on. >> 20-page papers, all kinds of revisions, presentations, six classes. there's a lot of stuff that needs to get done. >> reporter: stephane perez was powering through the usual way. >> two or three days i'm up straight. >> reporter: all the way through the night? >> yeah. >> reporter: and how are you doing that? >> adderall. >> reporter: widely prescribed for attention deficit disorders. but this is a story of an ambitious student and many more who have misused adderall to get an edge. >> i have this tunnel vision. it was just me and my books. i was just scanning pages like a machine. >> reporter: taking it all in. >> i wouldn't even want to get up to drink water. >> reporter: how easy is it to get the stuff? >> almost as easy as buying book t s at the bookstore. kids won't even have a drink all year, they'll go crazy for adderall. >> reporter: why are kids doing this? it's a controlled substance. >> because you're doing very well. i never heard anyone say i took it and did terrible on my exam. it's like an academic stroir. >> reporter: i was just thinking that. it's like taking steroids in sports. >> barry bonds in the library. >> reporter: but taking it when you don't have adhd can be dangerous. >> you get tolerant of it, you have to take more and more. >> reporter: and when you stop, you crash. >> you get no energy, you get depressed, and can become suicidal. >> reporter: eventually stephane started selling it to friends. what was the going rate? >> anywhere from $10 to $30. >> reporter: but even handing addarall to a friend is illegal. and in september 2010, he was arrested, part of a sting called operation ivy league. in about five seconds time, you've gone from straight a student, millennium scholar at columbia university to handcuffs. >> yeah, life took a drastic turn. >> reporter: stephane pleaded guilty to selling adderall and did 300 hours of community service. columbia expelled him, but before that he took his final exams. >> i took finals for five classes. i did it without adderall. took me a while, but i finished them all and i did well in all those classes. >> reporter: you didn't need that drug. >> i didn't need that drug. i fell like a lot of people don't need that drug. >> reporter: for "today," kate snow, nbc news, new york. >>> i'm here with more health headlines. very interesting topic there. we're going to touch on a couple of other topics as well making medical headlines. we're going to start with this meningitis outbreak. the numbers are just so scary. the death toll stands at 21. 271 reported cases. what's the takeaway here for parents that are concerned, for people that might have had injections. >> in the news this week is they've actually identified the fungus and they did link it directly with this compounding center in new england. basically the takeaway is if you are getting any kind of back injection, you do want to check with your doctor to make sure it wasn't part of any of these contaminated lots. but in general, the fda need to look closer at these type of compounding farm sis where they're mixing it on their own and shipping it out throughout the rest of the country. this outbreak has really brought that to the attention of the fab. >> next topic. early puberty in boys. now it's becoming more and more prevalent in boys. the question is are they having long-term effects? >> early puberty now is documented in boys, as much as six months to two years earlier than what we previously thought. so overall, the puberty age was around 10 years old, but for african-americans, it's actually only 9 years old what. are the impacts? we're not sure. we think for girls, it may increase their breast cancer risk. for boys, we're not sure. it's probably not a good sign of what we're getting in our environment. is it due to chemicals? is it due to the fact that children tend to be more obese these days? unclear. one thing parents should know is you need to be looking for signs of puberty earlier because there are a lot of mental issues going on. you'll be having different conversations with your young boys at a younger age. you and your pediatrician need to look out for it. >> the cdc came out with new news on the flu. i feel like every year we have a conversation about the flu, whether children should be vaccinated or not. but now this news is a little bit alarming to parents. people are wondering what's going on. >> the cdc reported that 43% of the deaths in children who die from flu are in previously healthy children. we think of children that die from the flu as having asthma or cerebral palsy, but healthy children are almost as at risk. we talk about flu all the time. you absolutely need to get vaccinated and your children as well. even over 6 months. only about 50% of children are getting vaccinated. >> which is very surprising. i'm taking my kids next week. >> i don't even have kids and i'm taking them tomorrow. >>> last question is on the fertility front. it used to be that freezing your eggs is this experimental practice. it's really not anymore. >> it's no longer considered experimental. the american society of reproductive has said it's not experimental. they're having comparable success between frozen and fresh eggs. prior to this announcement, insurance companies would not cover that process. hopefully now they will. and for women in general who want to delay childbearing, this is a viable option. >> as always, great, helpful information. thank you very much. once again, here's lester. >>> you may be sick of the run-up to the presidential election, there's one group of people who will be very sorry to see it come to an end. the late night comedians. here's a look at how the election is being played in late night. >> i'm sorry, but with all due respect this is a bunch of malarkey. >> what does that mean? >> it's irish. >> no, irish is i come over there and smack that dumb look off your face. >> folks, follow your instincts on this one. >> my instincts say paul ryan is getting kicked in the debate. >> oh yeah? what's that like? >> how many times a week does biden show up in a wet bathing suit to a meeting. just ballpark figure? >> i had to put out a presidential directive on that. we had to stop that. >> you got to put towels down. >> i got to say, though, he looks pretty good. >> lindsay lohan has at long last revealed which presidential candidate she backs. >> as of now, i think it's mitt romney. as of now. >> as of now. as of now. she hits a car with an obama bumper sticker, that could change. as of now, she's endorsing mitt romney. >> one of president obama's goals tonight is to win back female voters. 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[ laughter ] >>> we want to begin this half-hour in the lone star state, a place where football and faith are often intertwined, but what's happened when one east texas town sparked a huge debate over freedom of speech. now some high school cheerleaders are celebrating a legal victory. here's gabe gutierrez. >> reporter: beneath the friday night lights, and the banners these cheerleaders have fought for. >> a huge weight has been lifted. >> reporter: on thursday, a county judge ruled in their favor, allowing the public school students to display bible verses at school sponsored football games. until a trial next june. >> it's just so exciting that we'll be able to continue to use our signs toward the rest of the season. this small town of 2,100 people was caught in a legal showdown between freedom of speech and separation of church and state. >> they just feel like it's part of what they were doing. i guess they don't see the scope of it just yesterday. >> reporter: the decision came a day after the texas attorney general with governor rick perry by his side publicly backed the students. >> the first amendment does not demand hostility toward religion. nor does it demand silence on the part of students in this state or in this country. >> the controversy began this month. in a written statement, the atheist group argues it is not preventing freedom of expression, but instead, defending freedom of conscience. the constitution differentiates government from public school peach. school officials say while they sympathize with the students, the supreme court has decided that public schools can't endorse a religion. >> it's a difficult situation to reach a settlement on, because either you let the banners on or you don't. there's not a real middle ground you can reach. >> reporter: but for now, at least, the towns will stay in a town where faith and football are hard to separate. for "today," gabe gutierrez, nbc news. >>> let's get another check of the weather. >> dylan dreyer is on the plaza with another check of our forecast. i know you're wearing yellow, but that's not a raincoat. >> no, it's just trying to transition from whatever season we're in right now. i mean, it's a hard jacket season. we've got a group of girls, a group of ladies who took the red eye bus from ohio last night, and your main goal was -- >> to go shopping. >> is that not a bus load of girls or what? but in ohio, we are looking at some showers. we have a couple of scattered >>> good saturday morning to you. i'm storm team 4 meteorologist chuck bell. we have a mostly clear sky. a little bit of fog hanging right over the potomac river first thing this morning. temperatures mostly in the 40s and 50s to get your weekend started. and don't be fooled by all the early morning sunshine. we will have clouds to deal with by later on this afternoon. breezy at times as well. i think the rain chances stay out into the mountains of west virginia, dry here in town today. and bright sunshine for tomorrow. >> and it is officially the weekend. that means tomorrow night is "sunday night football" night in america. clear and cool at paul brown stadium. 59 to 63 degrees. that is some awesome weather for football. you can always get your latest forecast for football for anything on weather.com online. >> all right, dylan, thanks. >>> up next, we'll talk about some ways to make your small business a big success. and later, swimming with tigers. >> why some call these pool parties the adventure of a lifetime, while others claim it's not such a great idea. but first, these messages. means living with pain. it could also mean living with joint damage. help relieve the pain and stop the damage with humira, adalimumab. for many adults with moderate to severe ra, humira is clinically proven to help relieve pain and stop joint damage. so you can treat more than just the pain. humira can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious, sometimes fatal events, such as infections, lymphoma, or other types of cancer, have happened. blood, liver and nervous system problems, serious allergic reactions, and new or worsening heart failure have occurred. before starting humira, your doctor should test you for tb. ask your doctor if you live in or have been to a region where certain fungal infections are common. tell your doctor if you have had tb, hepatitis b, are prone to infections or have symptoms such as fever, fatigue, cough, or sores. you should not start humira if you have any kind of infection. ask your rheumatologist about humira, to help relieve pain and stop further joint damage before they stop you. with snack-defying, satisfying totino's pizza rolls. and now when you buy two 40-count bags, instantly get a free bottle of ranch from hidden valley. it's on. let's roll. it's a new way to get cash back deals, and it's called bankamerideals! i sign into my online banking... click the "cash back deals tab"... and pick the deals i want. i just use my bank of america debit or credit card when i pay, and then i get up to 15% cash back -- put into my account. ♪ i know, right? 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[ male announcer ] for five generations, with a name like smucker's, it has to be good. >>> good morning everyone. i'm richard jordan. a violent start to howard university's home coming weekend. officers say a man was stabbed in the stomach. he was apparently attending home coming activities near the school on georgia avenue. rescuers took him to the hospital. police have not said if the victim is a student. >>> one of two prince george's county police officers charged with beating a university of maryland student is looking atd several years in prison. jurors convicted james harrison of assault late last night but acquitted the second officer reginald baker. they were both on trial in the beating of former university of maryland student john mckenna during a celebration near campus that was back in 2010. >>> meteorologist chuck bell has a check of your forecast next. >>> we're off to a nice start this weekend. let's find out if there is any rain heading our way. here is meteorologist chuck bell. >> good morning to you. a good morning everybody out in the news 4 nation. a beautiful, clear sky. first thing this morning and a near mirror calm finish on the potomac as well. we'll see the return of a west to northwesterly breeze later on this afternoon and we'll also see a good bit of cloud cover coming in. temperatures though first thing this morning in the 40s in the western and northern suburbs to right around 50 degrees in town and bay side. 47 now in fredericksburg. 51 in hagerstown. here is your saturday planner. plenty of sunshine early today but it will lead to building clouds this afternoon so a partly to at times mostly cloudy afternoon. rain drops should stay well to the west in the mountains of west virginia. tomorrow everybody gets full sunshine. a beautiful day to get outside and enjoy great fall color. it looks like the last full week of october is going to be a mild one. back to you. >> thanks. >>> another news update in 25 minutes with a >>> welcome back to "today," saturday morning, the 20th day of october, 2012. we've got a great crowd on the plaza waving hello to friends and family back home. our thanks to them for spending part of their sunday with us. outside on the plaza, i'm lester holt along with jenna wolf. no one will notice us because we're standing -- >> it is the guaranteed way to get on television. have a 4-month-old baby. >> i love this outfit. >> this is isabella. >> hi, isabella. >> isabella looks perfect holding pink scripts. if you want to just read what it says here, that would be great. >> might as well. we've only got an hour left. thanks for coming by. >> welcome. thanks for being here. so adorable. we're talking about lance armstrong. >> yeah, he's speaking out for the first time since he resigned as head of his charity. >> yeah, first time we're hearing from him. he's been under a cloud of doping allegations, so we're going to tell you what the embattled cyclist had to say and where he goes from here. >>> then, a big museum rip-off and they're asking questions, was it an inside job? it's one of the biggest art heists in history. it went so smoothly, investigators want to know if maybe the thieves got inside information from museum personnel. they've got the surveillance video that may hold clues to the identity of the thieves. we'll have a live report coming up. >> cut right out of one of those movie thrillers. >>> then we're talking about ways to save money at the supermarket. food is getting so expensive these days. with the high cost of thichicke and fish, we'll tell you the best way to get your money's worth. >> justin timberlake and jessica biel are now newlyweds. they were able to keep most of the wedding plans a secret, but we've got some inside details that we'll share with you coming up. >> remember last saturday when i was like, do you want to run a 5k with me, and remember how you never responded? >> yeah. >> it was called the rugged run for respect. >> that's not a run. that's a crawl. >> well, it was not all on foot, as you can see. one of the harder things that i've done, this was for a great charity. and benefits special olympics. we're going to show you a little bit more about what was involved. >> why do you do stuff like that? >> i honestly do not know. because i say yes far more than i say no. then i realize maybe i should have said no. >> we want to get another check of the news headlines now. >> we're going to go inside and say hi to courtney reagan. >> good morning, everyone. we begin with a new development as police investigate a child killing in colorado. nbc's michelle franzen reports. >> reporter: a new clue in the murder case of jessica ridgeway, the 10-year-old girl who was abducted in westminster, colorado, earlier this month. investigators released images of a small wooden cross, possibly worn as a necklace, and recovered after jessica's body was found in an open field seven miles from her home. her body dismembered. a possible unique piece of evidence, experts say, in the hunt for the killer. >> whether it was found where the victim's remains were or where she was believed kidnapped from or with her backpack make no, sir difference right now. this is one more piece of evidence that could link the killer to the crime itself. >> reporter: police are also looking at a link between a possible abduction. >> we love you, jessica, and we'll miss you every day. >> reporter: meanwhile, the community and jessica's family are mourning the loss of this little girl who loved to dance, waiting for justice and answers. >> we recognize that there is a predator at large in our community and we are committed to doing everything within our power to keep our children safe. >> reporter: michelle franzen, nbc news, new york. >>> searchers have found the body of a young oregon woman who vanished this week on her way to work and a neighbor has been arrested. the body of 21-year-old whitney hikel was found in a remote forested area east of portland. she was last seen driving to work tuesday morning. police have arrested 24-year-old jonathan holt, an akwa answer the who lived in the same apartment complex as she and her husband. >>> several years of peace have been brought to a violent end with a deadly car bombing in lebanon. a top security official and seven other people were killed friday in a devastating attack that the prime minister says has links to the civil war in neighboring syria. lebanon's cabinet shoelding an emergency meeting to talk about how to keep the peace, taeb government has declared this a national day of mourning for victims. >>> a nevada judge has agreed to reopen the theft and kidnapping case by o.j. simpson. he is serving nine to 33 years in state prison. >>> the maker of banana boat sunscreen is recalling a half million bottles of spray of on lotion. there are reports that a handful of people have caught on fire after applying the product and coming in contact with open flames. >>> here's something you don't see every day. this is a reporter for nbc 4 in los angeles. he was doing a live shot when a cockroach started crawling over his shoulders. he finished his report and tossed back to the anchor in the studio, all without flinching, but he later joked about the experience on twitter. that's the news, and now back to jenna. i have to admit, if that happens on television, i will not likely remain that calm. >> i'm just going to say it. hands-down, the most awful thing that could possibly happen to you while you're doing a live shot. i would take a snake rather than a cockroach. that is just awful, courtney. and you even told the story with a straight face. i'd be like cringing. i can't watch it. that being said, let's check it over to dylan dreyer for another check of the weather. >> i would scream and run so fast. the leaves finally change color. this is the breathtaking scenery around the mountain of east tennessee. people in connecticut are flocking to see the fall foliage and similar in wisconsin. people say the fall colors are even brighter this year. experts say the best time to see the fall change over for many parts of the country will probably be this weekend or next if you can't go this weekend. we are looking at some really nice colors all across the central and northern half of the country. we're kind of getting into that peak and near peak time of year. if you can get out this weekend or even next weekend you still have time and the weather in most areas looks fantastic. we have a couple rain showers though that will affect areas through the great lakes today. it should clear out tomorrow. chilly in the great lakes in the 40s and 50s. the new england area should be in the 60s later on today. we will see any rain on cape cod exit the region and we are looking at warm temperatures up through the dakotas. temperatures topping out in the upper 70s this afternoon. that is a look at the weather across the country. now here is a peek out your window. >>> good saturday morning to you. i'm storm team 4 meteorologist chuck bell. a beautiful way to get your weekend started first thing this morning. temperatures generally speaking in the 40s and 50s with a bright blue sky overhead. this is self-destructive sunshine. this sunshine will lead to cloud cover coming in later on this afternoon. so enjoy the sunshine while it's here. breezy at times today. temperatures reaching into the middle and upper 60s today. if you need bright sunshine you won't have to wait long. it'll be with us all day tomorrow on into next week. >> just curious. who here is from hurricane, west virginia? they all came on a bus. a 12-hour bus ride from west virginia. lester? >> all right, dylan, thanks. >>> now to the race for the white house. the presidential candidates are backing away from the spotlight this weekend. they're preparing for monday's third and final debate. peter alexander is traveling with the romney campaign. peter, good morning. >> reporter: lester, good morning. both of them are retreating from the campaign trail the next couple days. the president will spend his weekend hunkering down at camp david. mitt romney will head to boca raton. they squeezed in one more sharp exchange. with more onstage fireworks expected next week, the romney campaign lit up the sky after laying into his rivals. >> they have been reduced to petty attacks and silly word games. just watch it. the obama campaign has become the incredible shrinking campaign. >> reporter: mr. romney was taking aim at these comments in virginia on friday, accusing the republican nominee of forgetting his own past promises. >> we've got to name this condition that he's going through. i think it's called romnesia. >> reporter: the goal for both candidates, to make their message stick in voters' minds. perhaps their last best chance, monday's final debate, that the president loosely previewed during a charity dinner this week. >> the topic is foreign policy. spoiler alert. we got bin laden. >> reporter: while most polls show president obama still holds a slight advantage on foreign affairs, governor romney sees a vulnerability in the white house's evolving response to the terrorist attack in libya. on friday, house republicans released state department documents including this cable from ambassador chris stevens a month before the attack. warning, what we have seen are not random crimes, but rather discriminate attacks. house democrats slammed the release as politically motivated. er. >> i think this race is at a pivot point and i think the race right now is as up in the air as it's been in some time. >> reporter: mr. obama's advisers are also out thing new unemployment numbers that fell slightly last month. the romney campaign unveiled this new ad promoting governor romney as a bipartisan leader. >> i've done it before, i'll do it again. >> reporter: where the candidates choose to go after monday's debate says a lot about the states they believe are still up for grabs. mitt romney and paul ryan go to nevada and colorado. >> peter alexander, thanks. mark halperin is a senior political analyst for "time" magazine and msnbc. great to see you. all the buzz phrases in this election. binders full of women. now romnesia. where do we stand right now? >> i've been traveling with both candidates. there's a lot of excitement in the country. this race is up in the air. we haven't seen a race like this in a long time where either candidate is really if a position to win. on the other hand, it's also very tense. you talk to partisans on one side or the other, they're panick panicked, desperate about the thought of the orguy winning so. the country is very engaged, but it's very negative, and the president's romnesia line, democrats look at that and say people, particularly women voters, don't trust mitt romney. they want to sew that. they want to sew the doubts about whether they trust mitt romney on issues that voters care about, morely women voters. on the other side, the romney campaign says this is st. paul, this is petty. >> i've been looking at all the data coming in from the swing statings. is it conceivable that we could see the winner of the electoral vote not be the winner of the popular vote? >> it's possible. you have 41 states that are basically being ignored. in california and here in new york, you'll see the president run up big margins. but a lot of the southern and mountain states you'll see governor romney. if that happens, like we had in 2000, it's likely the president would win the popular vote, but end up losing the electoral college. >> let's talk about the foreign policy debate coming up on monday. they've gotten into it a little bit certainly on the benghazi situation. is that a dead issue or is that going to come front and center again? >> it will come up in the debate. it's still not really clear to me that either campaign really wants to go for it. governor romney had his chance in the second debate and he kind of whiffed. i think that the press and the public feels that that's been adjudicated to some extent. i think the president still hasn't adequately explained what he knew and how he reacted to all of this. there are other big foreign policy issues. it's unfortunate, as far as i'm concerned, that we'll have 90 minutes on foreign policy. a lot of big issues. we still need a big debate on the biggest issue facing whoever wins, which is the fiscal cliff, all these issues of taxes and spending. i hope they find a way to work that into sbthe debate as well. >> typically the incumbent has an advantage on foreign policy. is the president vulnerable on policy issues? >> he's been a towering issue on foreign policy. i think there is some question on libya and around the world. the arab spring. we still haven't really resolved our relationship with place like china and russia. it's a messy world. the u.s.'s role in the world is confusing. i think there are some points of 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we'll have some tips for our next trip to the supermarket. >> ours? >> oh no. your trip, my trip. >>> let's move on. fun, filth, and more fun this past weekend. i got a chance to do the rugged run for respect. it's this whole big craze now, the obstacle courses and the mud and tires and the balance beams, all of it. a great cause, all to benefit special olympics. this one was. we had a really good time. i noticed that of all the people that were there, my co-host was not. i'm just saying. it's something i notice while i was there. >> i'm still recovering from our last workout. >> that was eight months ago, by the way. >> let's get a check on the weather. dylan is back and has our last check of the weather. >> it's absolutely gorgeous out here in new york city today. we did have some rain across northern new england, but that is actually going to exit across cape cod as we go throughout the rest of the morning. across the rest of the country, a couple scattered >>> as we go into sunday some of the milder air is going to work back into the great lakes where it is going to be a little chilly today. tomorrow you'll get back into much more comfortable temperatures. not feeling so much like fall. it will be cool though across the northeast. the southeast does look warm. nice and sunny all across the gulf coast states with a couple scattered thunderstorms possible. especially strong thunderstorms possible through western texas as we go into your sunday. that is a look at the weather across the country. now here is a peek out your window. >>> good morning everybody. i'm storm team 4 meteorologist chuck bell. off to a beautiful start on your saturday morning. plenty of sunshine for now. this will lead to cloud cover later this afternoon. a little bit of self-destructive sunshine. temperatures upper 40s and low 50s to begin your weekend. again, plenty of sunshine early but cloud cover this afternoon. breezy at times. highs today mid to upper 60s so about ten degrees cooler than yesterday. but bright and sunny. milder weather. just around the >>> and this young lady just stood next to me. we're matching in our bright green colors. but we are getting into tomorrow, sunday night football night in america. of course, we are talking about the steelers heading over to cincinnati to take on the bengals. clear and cool, 59 to 63 degrees. looks real nice for a game at paul brown stadium. that is, of course, sunday night. also, check out your forecast any time at weather.com. lester? >>> we're hearing from lance armstrong for the first time since he stepped down as chairman of his live strong cancer charity. the move was in the wake of the doping scandal that's tarnished armstrong's cycling career. as charles hadlock reports, support for the charity remains strong. >> reporter: a yellow carpet welcome and a chance for celebrities to hear from a sports legend fallen from grace. friday night in austin, lance armstrong spoke publicly for the first time since he was kicked out of the sport he once dominate. >> it's been an interesting couple of weeks. it's been a difficult couple of weeks. for me, for my family, for my friends, for this foundation. >> reporter: the occasion was the 15th anniversary celebration of his live strong foundation, the cancer-fighting charity he founded after surviving testicular cancer. a host of celebrities came to show support. >> it's for a good organization. it's helped a lot of people's lives in ways that are more important. >> reporter: news cameras were not allowed inside, and while armstrong didn't address the doping charges levelled against him by the u.s. anti-doping agency, he told the crowd -- >> i've also been worse. i am -- and i think i can speak on behalf of this entire team behind me, truly humbled by your support. >> reporter: by all accounts, this has not been a good month for the seven-time winner of the tour de france. last week the u.s. anti-doping agency detailed what it called overwhelming evidence that armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs to win the competitions. the agency banned armstrong from the sport for life. armstrong has denied the charges, but to protect his charity, this week he stepped down as live strong's chairman. >> it's truly a statement that this organization and this mission means more than anything to lance and his family. >> reporter: almost immediately, armstrong lost long-term contracts, including nike, who dropped him due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence. >> i think they realized that because of the public response, so there was no other choice but to cut him loose. >> reporter: now the public gets to hear his response as he tries to help save the charity so closely associated with his image. for "today," charles hadlock, nbc news, dallas. >>> up next, after a string of high profile romances, justin timberlake says "i do" to long-term girlfriend jessica biel. we'll tell you more. but first, these messages. ♪ [ slurp! ] [ laughs ] ♪ [ female announcer ] hey ladies. here's a little something you'll find irresistible. cinnamon toast crunch, with a delicious cinnamon and sugar taste that's amazing. crave those crazy squares.™ ♪ that's why new dove style + care whipped cream mousse nourishes and conditions to help keep curls well defined and touchably soft. new dove style + care whipped cream mousse. better style through better care. >>> it is time now for an entertainment round-up, from justin timberlake's wedding news to courtroom drama for his ex britney spears. here to discuss them is the senior writer for "people" magazine. charlotte, welcome. good morning. we have a lot to talk about this morning. let's start with the good news. j.t., justin timberlake. we go way back, so i can call him justin timberlake. we don't go way back at all, actually. and jessica biel finally tied the knot. it's been a long time for them. >> they've been together five years. they got married yesterday in southern italy. it was a beautiful ceremony. according to people around them, they really pulled out all the stops. they flew in all of their guests on a private jet. they had a pre-party featuring fireworks and live music, and, you know, it was just a beautiful italian menu with every delicious delicacy you could imagine. >> i can imagine. and you guys have the exclusive coming out on wednesday. >> we do. >> okay. they did release a statement. they said it's great to be married. the ceremony was beautiful. it was so special to be surrounded by our family and friends. you sort of assume that. but are you surprised? he's had a long line of high-profile romances. britney spears, cameron diaz, fergie, alyssa milano. and they had a little hiccup, they did break up. are you surprised? >> he has a little bit of a reputation as a ladies man. that might be unfair. they've been together five years. but even when they broke upper he said she's the most important person in his life. it didn't take very long for them to get back together. he got serious really quickly. so obviously she's the one for him. >> before we leave this subject, there's a ring on her finger the size of a small child. nicely done. >> she says that he has great taste. she let him go forth and pick a ring. he custom designed it. he really has amazing taste and she was thrilled with it. >> i feel like justin timberlake is picking out a ring, it's like whatever you like is fine with me. i really, really appreciate it. >>> let's move on to justin's ex britney spears. a little bit of courtroom drama this week. there was a civil lawsuit that was brought on by her ex-manager sam lufti. he accused her of drug use. not just recreational drugs, some pretty hard drug use. what can you tell us about this claim? >> he says that year during which she had this string of breakdowns, she was on amphetamines as a result of her drug use, including shaving her head, that she was paranoid that they might test her hair for drugs and find something in there, and that's why she shaved off all of her hair. we can expect that her family is going to come back swinging. >> and i heard crystal meth was one of the drugs mentioned in all of this. >> he claims that he brought in drug-sniffing dogs to the house and that the dogs found crystal meth, including drugs that had been in the carpet and he had to constantly be vigilant to make sure she wasn't doing drugs. >> doesn't this contradict claims he had made around that time? >> a couple years ago, he was interviewed on the street and he actually said the shaving the head thing was just her making a statement. so he definitely down played it then and i'm sure the spears family is going to bring that up in court. >> how is she doing today? >> she's doing very well. she's doing a great job on "x-factor." she's really put together. she's doing a great job. this is really not what she needs. she had been on an upswing. this is knocking her down a few pegs. >> thank you so much for all your insight this morning. we really appreciate it. >>> coming up next, saving money at the supermarket. when it comes to buying chicken and fish. but first, this is "today" on nbc. president obama: i'm barack obama and i approve... this message. anncr: victims. dependent. that's what mitt romney called forty-seven percent... of americans. including people on medicare. but what about his plan for you? romney would replace guaranteed benefits with a voucher system. seniors could pay six thousand dollars more a year. a plan aarp says would undermine medicare. you're no victim...you earned your benefits. don't let mitt romney take them away. >>> welcome back. this morning on "supermarket savers", the best for fish and fowl. you may have experienced sticker shock at the grocery store. today janice lieberman is here with advice on navigating the prices of poultry. good morning. >> so expensive out there. so we figured out we need an education. if you're going to spend your hard earned cash purchasing chicken and fish, you might as well the best way to get the best for your dollar. so with the help of america's test kitchen, we got an education. >> five and a half minutes. >> reporter: you may not be a top chef master like these chefs from the bravo show, but we're all fishing for the best seafood we can buy. so we asked food expert jack bishop to get us through those muddy waters. what do you look for when you're purchasing fish? >> i'm looking for whether it's fresh or whether it's been frozen and thawed. you can see there's a lot of water in there. a good price at $2.99, but it also looks like it's not quite as firm as this one over here, which is fresh fish. >> reporter: so what's the difference? >> when it comes to the meaty fish, tuna, cod, it doesn't freeze that well. tilapia, flounder, they freeze better. >> reporter: a way to tell if it's fresh, look them in the eye. >> should look kind of clear and healthy. if they're cloudy, it's a sign that it's older. you can ask to smell anything. it should smell like the sea. >> reporter: the fish should also be intact. >> if i see it's been damaged, that's going to make it harder to cook it because it's going to get mushy and lose its juices. >> reporter: if you're buying fish in prepackaging, look through the window. >> you want to see what you're buying. this is a very pretty package, but this is what they're showing you. it's hard to see is this freezer burned? i recommend that if you're buying fish, buy it in clear packaging. >> reporter: how do shrimp stack up when it comes to freshness? that looks nice and fresh. >> if you read the label, it says thawed. almost all of the shrimp sold in the united states is frozen, and either it's thawed in the supermarket or you can thaw it at home. but don't he is hit buy the frozen shrimp. it's the same quality as the thawed shrimp that you're buying at the supermarket. >> reporter: from fish to fowl, finding the best bird for your buck can also ruffle your feathers. >> there's everyday chicken, and then there's juicy chicken. >> reporter: we all use breast and cutlets, easy, quick. >> most of these packages contain boneless, skinless meat. this is 6.99 for the breast meat, 4.99 for the thigh meet. i think the thigh meet is better. the dark meat saves you $2 a pound and tastes better. >> reporter: last, it's important to read the label on the chicken. >> they can be air chilled or they can be water chilled. the water chilled pick up liquids. this one says may contain up to 5% retained water. that means you just spent 50 cents on water. it's important to understand what you're actually paying for. some people think it's going to be juicier. we didn't find that it was juicier. >> so once you get your purchase home, make sure you store it or cook it the right way, or it is money down the drain, which we certainly can't afford these days. >> no, we can't. poultry, chicken. sometimes there seems to be a little bit of blood in there. is that something to be concerned about? >> when you buy it if you see blood in there, that means that it's been previously frozen and it's been defrosted, so you want to stay away from that one. look for the clear liquids. there's nothing unhealthy about it, but you're better off buying one that wasn't previously frozen. >> some of that fish had been previously thawed. can i freeze it again? >> it's not going to be unhealthy, but it's going to taste bad and be mushy. >> how long typically would we keep chicken and fish in the refrigerator? >> if you have fish, try to use that day. if you can't use it that day, put it on ice, definitely use it by the next day. chicken, you've got two days. >> how do you like to defrost chicken? microwave? warm water? >> what you do is in the refrigerator, you put it in a metal container, like a tin or a pan, and that's going to react with the chicken or the meat and let it defrost better and easier and quicker. >> i like to rinse the chicken before i cook it. am i being overcautious? >> actually, america's test chicken says it's worse because you're spreading the jerms arou -- germs around. >> i'm not doing anything right. >> and it doesn't improve the taste. they did taste test both ways. >> why is that a bad thing? >> because you're spreading the germs around the sink. and it doesn't improve the taste. and you're cooking out anything that might be bacteria anyway when you put it in the oven? >> any other cooking tips? i'm not going to tell you what i do. >> with fish, you want to cook it properly. don't overcook it, especially a steak like tuna. if you want it to be rare, it can be about 110 degrees. salmon, 125. and 140 tops. don't dry out fish. >> that's the temperature i always cook it at. that's not true. i don't know what temperature i cook at it. >> you don't even know what you're cooking. stop rinsing your chicken. >> thanks, janet. good to see you. >>> up next, jenna goes on a rugged run. she takes on an new orleaenormo obstacle course. but first these messages. 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>> well, three bathroom breaks. i stopped to watch an episode of "law & order" and i got two snacks. no, we went all 5k! >> that's what i would have done. >> it was under 30 degrees when we started the race. so props a little bit? next year, want to do it with me? the mud part. >> no, no, no. >> you sure? think about it. >> i'll think about it. get back to you on that. >> that is going to do it for us on a saturday morning. tomorrow we'll have a preview of "law & order's" 300th episode. one of us was on that episode. you should definitely tune in. best time ever. >>> and i'm off to florida. we'll anchor from there, the presidential election. i'll see you from there. have a great day, everybody. >>> good morning everyone. i'm angie goff. >> i'm richard jordan. it's a busy morning on news 4 today. violence overnight near howard university. derrick ward is on scene. >> reporter: an incident mars the beginning of the home coming. a big day for home coming. details coming up on news 4. >>> alcohol and street racing. new information after the two possibly caused a deadly crash involving a metro bus loaded with passengers. >>> a fire leaves a crowd stunned at the state fair and why it may be a while before another group sets foot on an amusement park ride. >>> your drive home from work last night got a little rainy in the nation's capital but now the sun is shining. will it last all weekend? what about your college football forecast? it's all coming up. >>> they're running, walking, and biking. the physical challenge going on right now at the national mall as we test our camera shot right there. we'll tell you more about that and also hear from olympic gold and a[ male announcer ]pic gold if barack obama is re-elected, what will the next four years be like? one: the debt will grow from $16 trillion to $20 trillion. two: 20 million americans could lose their employer-based health care. three: taxes on the middle class will go up by $4,000. four: energy prices will continue to go up. and five: $716 billion in medicare cuts that hurt current seniors. five reasons we can't afford four more years of barack obama. i'm mitt romney and i approve this message. >>> good morning. i'm richard jordan. >> i'm angie goff. welcome to news 4 today. weather weis we are hoping for a nice stretch this weekend. >> let's go to chuck bell. >> hey, richard and angie. good morning. good morning to everybody out there. your weekend is off to a bright and sunny start and even though it's not going to rain this weekend we will have clouds to contend with this afternoon. bright and sunny first thing on your saturday morning. an absolutely beautiful start to the weekend. fall color is nearing its peak across much of the blue ridge
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>>> good morning. breaking news. a suicide bomber in afghanistan kills at least 14 people, including three american soldiers as u.s. military deaths in the war surpass 2,000. nbc's richard engel is in afghanistan. >>> trying to lower expectations ahead of the first presidential debate. >> he's a debater. i'm just okay. >> but romney backer chris christie didn't get the memo. >> wednesday night the first night of this campaign. >> will this be a game-changer in the election? >>> and "i'm not perfect." arnold schwarzenegger about his marriage, his affairs and the child he fathered with his house keeper. >> i inflicted pain on maria and unbelievable pain on the kids. >> he prepares to release his tell-all memoir today, monday, october 1st, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live, from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >> and good morning, welcome to "today" on a monday morning, i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm david gregory in for matt this morning. >>> the taliban is claiming responsibility for the deadly suicide bombing in eastern afghanistan overnight. >> they were targeting a military patrol in a crowded market. as we said, at least 14 people were killed, 3 americans among the dead. dozens were wounded. this comes one day after the u.s. military death toll in the war reached 2,000. we're going to get a live report, straight ahead. >>> also coming up, a remarkable story. a mom of three and a former beauty queen suffers a traumatic brain injury. to survive, doctors had to remove part of her skull and you will not believe where they kept it while she recovered. we'll talk to her coming up this morning. >>> all right. and you probably remember the girl we told you about last week, voted to her high school's homecoming court, but it was a prank. well, the big event was this weekend. how did she do? we'll hear from her. the community there really rallying around her. >>> we want to begin with a special nbc news network wide series at the brink. we have two reports, beginning with nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel in kabul, afghanistan. >> marines in southern afghanistan. they leap on buildings to shoot at the taliban hiding among the mud farmhouses. the taliban are testing marines, because there were 2,000 u.s. troops in this area last year. now there are only 200. the surge is over. and the taliban are trying to make a comeback. marine corpsman doc coughlin advances closer to the taliban positions. >> once we got up there, we had a lot better vantage point. >> reporter: then the battle is over. the taliban retreat. but why are u.s. forces still doing this after 11 years? and what has it accomplished? on a humanitarian level, for afghans, some improvement. 3 million girls are in school. the number of primary health care facilities has tripled. the average life expectancy for women is up a staggering 22 years. but this was never sold as a humanitarian mission. and the two main security goals toppling the taliban government and destroying al qaeda bases were both accomplished here a decade ago. and the cost, around $600 billion. $8 billion a month. and there are two more years to go. the afghan government of president hamid karzai washington helped put in place is widely considered one of the most corrupt in the world. the u.s. has helped train about 350,000 afghan security forces. the target number. but they're not always loyal. 20% of american combat deaths this year came from afghan forces shooting their american partners. many afghans fear, the government may not be able to hold the country together once u.s. troops leave in 2014. there could be a civil war. >> keep going a little bit more. >> reporter: among u.s. forces, morale remains high. but some are annoyed the war has been ignored in the u.s. presidential campaign. all four of doc coughlin's brothers serve in the military. he's on his second tour in afghanistan. he knows americans aren't talking much about the troops anymore. >> initially when the war kicked off, there was a lot of coverage and a lot of people interested. one way or another, they had very strong opinions. and because it's not new, it's fading like pop stars do. >> reporter: fading as the war in afghanistan has drifted in a prolonged nation-building project that has produced a government that shows few signs of long-term stability. and we are learning more about that attack that killed three american soldiers today. military sources say the soldiers were on a foot patrol with afghan police in coast province when they were approached by a suicide bomber apparently from the taliban. he was also on foot when he detonated the explosive, killing the americans. also killing four afghan police. david? >> richard engel in kabul for us this morning. richard, thank you very much. >>> now to another country at the brink. syria, where deadly violence between government rebel forces is raging between those two entities. nbc's ann curry is along the border with turkey after she crossed into the war zone over the weekend. ann, good morning to you. >> reporter: that's right. good morning to you, david. good morning, everybody. as the war in syria takes a dramatic turn, we cross the border and head toward the war-attorney city of aleppo where there is a decisive battle on multiple fronts. taborder crossing from turkey, we walk toward syria. it's pretty calm, actually. but we understand there was an attack four miles from the border and 60 were killed. and we drove into what is known as free syria and they clearly want it know, they're in charge. but the hold is fragile so we're careful not to make wrong turns. you're saying this is the way you're going to run into the syrian army? >> yes. >> reporter: a government soldier who switched sides drives us on the safest route in, past bombed-out building in one town after another, including azaz, now nicknamed the graveyard of tanks. for miles in this northern pocket of territory, check points are controlled by the free syrian army. we saw long bread lines with children. refugees escaping in trucks. and three miles from the embattled city of aleppo, smoke rising from a recent air strike. aleppo is now nearly in ruins as the battle rages on multiple fronts. this listed as a world heritage site burned out of control over the weekend. ahmad assuage, a local businessman turned rebel commands as many as 2,700 fighters from a villa on the outskirts of aleppo. why is aleppo so strategically importa important? he tells us, aleppo is the cultural and economic capital and the state relies on it. and he added, he is prepared to die fighting for it. he admits the rebels have far fewer weapons. but, he says, they have a greater will. claiming 500 new recruits volunteer every month. he says they are sent into battle after one month's training. this boy says he's 15, but looks younger. the commander encysts only those 18 or older are allowed to fight. suddenly, we hear the sound of a war plane. everyone knows to take cover. and as we wait it out, the commander tells us, he could really use a no-fly zone. he says that the u.s. and the world, if they won't give us a no-fly zone, then give us missiles and in two days, this war will be over. fear of air strikes is a major reason why more than 1 million people inside syria are living on the run. more than half of them children, according to the u.n. one held up a photo of a brother said to be killed. [ speaking in foreign language ] >> reporter: in a tent, she points to her 11-year-old son who was wounded in an aerial bombing. she is saying, what has he done to deserve this? today the planes came back again and he started screaming. i want to ask the pilot, do you not have children? if they want a war, why don't they fight on a front line? and about syria's president, she says, would he like to see his own children wounded before his own eyes? and the war continues unstopped. just this morning, activists said syrian troops bombed a town just four miles from the turkish border. reportedly, 12 people were killed, including five children, and the death toll is expected to rise. david? >> ann curry along the syrian border this morning. ann, thank you so much. >>> you can see much more from these hot spots across the platforms of nbc news today and tonight on "nbc nightly news." >>> we want to get a check of the day's other top stories. natalie morales is at the news desk. good morning. >> good morning, everyone. >>> the candidates are making their final push for swing states ahead of the first presidential debate on wednesday. nbc's peter alexander is in boston with more. peter, good morning. >> reporter: natalie, good morning to you from a windy day here in boston. the president has already held four mock debates. mitt romney had a full-fledged dress rehearsal with aides in boston late yesterday. romney heads out to denver today. the president is already out west. both of them hunkering down ahead of wednesday's debate showdown. making his eighth trip this year, the western battleground of nevada, president obama rallied supporters in las vegas sunday night. >> i believe in you. and i ask you to keep on believing in me. i'm asking for your vote. i'm asking you to stand with me. >> reporter: the president is gripping on to a small lead in the swing states, including iowa, where a new poll shows mitt romney trailing by four points. analysts say romney needs to change the trajectory of the race. but his running mate, paul ryan insists, he's not concerned, even while acknowledging campaign mistakes. >> we've had some miss steps, but at the end of the day, the choice is really clear and we're giving people a clear choice. >> governor romney, he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> reporter: for days, both sides have been tamping down debate expectations. >> we expected all along that governor romney will have a good night. he's prepared more than any candidate in history. and he's shown himself to be a very, very good debater through the years. >> sometimes we expect a major break through. you know, the comment that doesn't happen very often. >> reporter: new jersey governor chris christie predicted romney would do extremely well and turn the race upside down. >> thursday morning, the entire narrative of this race is going to change. >> reporter: and if the president is trying to avoid the campaign over the next several days, natalie, it will be tough to do. if he turns on the local news at his lakeside resort in henderson, nevada tonight, he'll see none other than his opponent's wife, ann romney, who is hosting a rally there tonight. >> all right. peter alexander in boston. thank you, peter. >>> a deadly shooting at a vfw post in central florida has left two people dead, and another person injured. police say the shooting broke out as riders from a charity motorcycle event were eating breakfast. the incident is under investigation. >>> let's head to wall street. mandy drury is in the new york stokes for us. what are with you watching this week? >> we closed out a surprisingly good third quarter for the stock markets, natalie, the best since 2010. there is some caution now that we might be ready for a pullback in the market, especially if there is renewed weakness on the economic front, not just here, but globally, as well. as for gasoline, it's a new week and we're sitting for the national average at $3.78 a gallon right now. two cents lower than a week ago, four cents lower than a month ago. we wish it would go quicker to the down side. >> mandy drury at the new york stokes changes. >>> major rulings on guy marriage and voting rights on the docket. first up, an argument over affirmative action set to begin later this month. >>> the arrest of a 25-year-old man accused of assaulting lindsay lohan has been voided. police say the charges against former congressial aide christian labellea could not be substantiati substantiationed. she claims he grabbed her over cell phone pictures. >>> a dramatic comeback at the last day of the ryder cup, where the european team made a stunning rally to overtake the americans for the win. but a near miss for the number-one play in the world, rory mcilroy getting confused about u.s. time zones, nearly missed his tee-off time, arriving in minutes to spare. even arriving late, though, managed to eek out a critical point to help take the europeans to victory. we all know that feeling, david and savannah, but not before a major championship like that. >> were they really going to start without him? >> exactly. we've all had that nightmare. >> snuck in and changed his clock. didn't work. >> mr. roker, check of the weather? >> a lot of wet weather for our friends down south. upper level low, surface low, as well, combining. a risk of strong storms from huntsville to mobile and tallahassee. threat of damaging winds, can't rule out a tornado. we have had tornado warnings in alabama, including enterprise, alabama. and this system is going to make its way into the northeast and mid atlantic over the next 24 hours, bringing a ton of rain. we're talking anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of rain generally. some areas may pick up up to 2 to 3 inches of rain, especially focused right in the southeast. that's what's going on around the country. >> good morning. i think we will stay at dry today. clouds will be thickening up. >>> and that's your latest weather. savannah? >> al, thank you. this morning on "today" on the trail, a congressional battle in massachusetts featuring a very familiar name. could another kennedy be headed to congress? nbc's capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell is in newton, massachusetts this morning. kelly, good morning to you. >> reporter: and good morning, savannah. for the last 65 years, nearly all of that time, a member of the kennedy family has served in national office. that ended with the passing of ted kennedy and his son patrick choosing to leave congress. but now a new generation has stepped forward. this is the campaign headquarters for another kennedy running for congress. in massachusetts politics, he's no ordinary joe. >> oh, my god, it's joe kennedy on my front doorstep. hi! >> how are you doing? >> reporter: going door to door in the rain sunday, he bears both a family resemblance and a weighty family legacy. >> where do you sit -- >> my grandfather was robert kennedy. >> reporter: he is joseph p. kennedy iii, the grandson turns 32 this week. >> this is me and i'm running this race and hopefully over the course of the campaign, you build up the -- you have the opportunity to really ask voters for their trust and earn their respect and hopefully their support and eventually their vote. >> reporter: kennedy is a harvard law grad, former assistant p.a., and peace corps volunteer. and now representing suburban boston in congress. the republican challenger, 37-year-old sean belot, is an ivy league educated marine. >> i have a decade in business. >> reporter: in a debate sunday, belot argued kennedy isn't ready and is coasting on the family coast tails. >> i don't think any other district in the country people would consider you qualified for this office. >> i've got a sizeable record of public service. >> reporter: joe, who introduced a tribute to ted kennedy at the democratic convention. >> for my uncle kennedy, politics was always about people. >> reporter: he says he knows his name comes with benefits. >> it's certainly an advantage, i'm very proud of my family's history of public service. >> reporter: spanning six decades of fabled and at times flawed history. jfk went to congress in 1947, before the camelot days of the white house. bobby and ted served in the senate. their sons, joe and patrick, in the house. and now it's joe's son who is on the ballot. and getting a boost from his grandmother, ethel. >> she has been out on a number of campaign stops for me, which is always amazing for me. because not only -- she is probably the best retail politician i've ever met. she is a pro. >> reporter: and ethel kennedy now 84 years old and that kennedy family name has helped raise a lot of money, more than $2.5 million, quite a bit more than his opponent. and, of course, that will be a factor in this race. not much polling in this, savannah, but many people here think the kennedy name will really care him. savannah? >> thank you. >>> 18 minutes after the hour. here is david. >> thanks. now to a high school sophomore we first told you about last week. whitney croft was named to her school's homecoming court as a prank. this weekend, she got a chance to stand up to her bullies. nbc's kevin tibbles has the story. good morning. >> reporter: david, homecoming weekend in west branch, michigan drew a lot more attention this year than usual as the entire town threw its support behind sophomore whitney crop after a cruel prank by some of her fellow students. happiness from heart ache as unlikely heroine whitney crop is in high school. >> i changed my mind and came out. >> reporter: last week, whitney went public with her humiliating experience of finding out she had been voted on to the homecoming court as a cruel joke. but under the friday night lights, it was whitney's turn to turn the tables. >> i'm excited. i'm so happy. it's just so much right now for me. >> reporter: days before her jubilant appearance, whitney became very emotional when i asked her how she was coping. >> it's very hard to know that i'm -- i guess, like -- hmmm, how can i put this? sorry. >> reporter: whitney told me she had been bullied over the years. >> people had picked me -- bully on the me for my looks, how i did my hair, how i dressed, my heigh height. so i guess they thought that maybe someone different is not someone that is -- is an easy target. >> reporter: this time she pushed through the bad time with help and support from her mom and much of the town. whitney prevailed. her homecoming dress was donated and she got her hair and makeup done for free. before the game, a local company made t-shirts in whitney's favorite color, orange. >> my sense is the bullies has got to stop. >> reporter: even the opposing team made signs in support. >> athletics are important and teaches a life lesson but this is a bigger life lesson. >> reporter: whitney's mom urged her to soak it in, persevere and most importantly, have fun. >> these are for you. >> aw! >> reporter: at the end of a very special weekend, one that could have been filled with sadness, whitney has this advice for other kids who may be the target of bullies. >> the kids that are bullying you, do not let them bring you down. stand up for what you believe in, and go with your heart and go with your gut. that's what i did, and look at me now. i'm just as happy as can be. >> reporter: and this story has drawn a lot more attention outside the borders of west branch. a facebook page set up in whitney's support has more than 120,000 likes. and her own facebook page, well, she has been overwhelmed with friend requests. dave? 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well, you have the chance with views that are really spectacular. we'll tell you how they did it, how they captured those views just ahead. pretty cool. >>> 7:30 on a monday morning, the 1st of october already. savannah guthrie, alongside david gregory, in for matt. >> i've always said, you've always been the wind beneath my wings. >> where are we going with this? should we just keep on going? >> i think we should. >> you're the wind beneath my wings, too. >> i just worked that up. >>> the miraculous recovery of a former beauty queen and mom who suffered a near-fatal head injury. doctors had to remove a large piece of her skull to control swelling and kept it in her stomach. but this morning she says she is back to life as usual. we'll meet her in a couple minutes. >> amazing story. >>> how many times have you been frustrated by the little things in life. there has to be a better way. maybe wax build-up on your candle sticks or the soft cheese that you cut and get stuck to the knife? these are the issues that matter. coming up, answers in a new series we're calling simple, savvy, silly tips. >> you're guiding us through it. >> i hope so. maybe when we learn how to eat a taco correctly. i've done extensive field service. >> arnold schwarzenegger and the affair that doomed his marriage. >> good morning. a lot of people are talking about this story. in his new book, "total recall" and in the "60 minutes" interview, arnold schwarzenegger admits to not only an affair with his house keeper, but also others. including one with a co star of one of his films. he also describes the moment his wife maria this river confronted him. it was one day after leaving office when maria shriver confront confronted schwarzenegger he fathered a child with his house keeper. >> she said, hey, i think that joseph is your kid. and am i off here on this or not? and i said you're absolutely correct. and i had to face up to that, which i have been kind of hiding. no one knew about. and that i knew about at that point maybe for five, six years or so. >> you just said you're absolutely right? >> i said you're absolutely right, and i'm sorry. and it was very painful for her. she was very disappointed. >> maria asked you, why didn't you tell me? and what did you say? >> that i did not know how to. >> reporter: he admits, maria had confronted him before, but he denied it. >> i think it was the stupidest thing i've done in the whole relationship. it was terrible. i inflicted tremendous pain on maria and unbelievable pain on the kids. >> your children. >> yeah, exactly. because i had to tell them each about the -- what has happened and how i have screwed up, and -- >> how did that go? >> i asked them for forgiveness. well, they cried. i mean, it was -- it's like it takes you -- tears your heart out. you have to tell them that. >> reporter: but as much as around reveals in the book, he doesn't want to elaborate about his relationship with his and bay evena's son. >> the important thing everyone should know, i take care of him and i take care of her and i fulfill my responsibility. >> reporter: arnold also admits, there were more affairs. when he was living with maria before they were married, he says he had an affair with co star bridget nielsen when shooting one of his films. >> truly, i did feel bad about it. but all of my various different things, they were mistakes. and there's just -- you know, my failure. my screw-ups. >> was that the only affair? >> no. i had others. but, you know, that's something that's obviously between maria and me. >> she knew? >> yeah. >> so it's a recurring issue. with you. >> i'm not perfect. >> reporter: some say schwarzenegger is releasing the book to hit the reset button on the bad publicity and to relaunch his movie career. >> i'm back! >> reporter: with a role in this year's "expendables ii" and a starring role in "the last stand", arnold at 65 is out to fulfill the promise he made back in 1984 on the big screen. >> i'll be back. >> the audiences are very forgiving when it comes to stars, if the product on the screen is what they want to see. so if these movies feature arnold schwarzenegger as the audience wants to see him. they're much more likely to forgive the personal stuff. >> reporter: throughout his career, arnold hazard has defied the odds. >> the one and only, arnold schwarzenegger. >> reporter: winning seven mr. olympia titles. becoming a box office giant, despite a thick austrian accent. >> it's not a tumor! not a tumor. >> raise your right hand. >> reporter: and becoming governor of california. but for a man known for always calculating his next step, some of his fans will have to get over his very big misstep. >> one of arnold's big appeals always has been that he appeals to everyone. and right now, he's got some damage that he needs to repair. especially with women movie-goers. >> reporter: we reached out to maria shriver but she declined to comment. she has failed for divorce. the book is out today, and the movie hits theatres in had january. >> tom llamas, thanks very much this morning. >>> let's get a check of the weather from al. >> thanks very much. a little chilly this morning, right? everybody is a little cold. but let's take a look out west. that's where it's going to be awfully warm. we've got big area of high pressure up in the upper atmosphere. and we've got an offshore flow. that's going to mean record highs for southern california today. take a look at some of these temperatures. downy, california, 19 degrees above normal at 100. los angeles, probably tie or break the record at 100. pasadena, 105. that's 24 degrees above normal. and that heat extends all the way up to san francisco or reno, 90 degrees. 101 in redding. and as we make our way further north, billings, montana, while 77 doesn't seem warm, that's 10 degrees above normal. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in's >> good morning. we are starting out with a few areas of fog. it will be a cold day. >>> kathie lee and hoda at the university of tennessee. you're here! what the heck? it's a swap. very nice. savannah? is. >> al, thank you. >>> hewlett-packard unveiled its entry into the world of tablet computers today, a big moment for the company and its chief executive. ann thompson is in los angeles this morning with that story. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. meg whitman is the silicon valley legend. she grew ebay from a start up to an $8 billion behemoth. two years ago, she took an expensive but unsuccessful turn in the political arena. today she is back in silicon valley at the world's largest technology company, hewlett-packard, trying to revise it and her reputation. >> when i come into an environment like hp, you know what i do? i try to figure out what this company does well, and then could we do more of that? >> reporter: but when they gave her an hp laptop a year ago, meg whitman was not impressed. >> well, i said it was a brick. and i must say, i feel a little badly. but i think they understood what i meant, which is we can do better. >> reporter: today, hp unveils its elite pad, a tablet for business and the centerpiece of a new line of products that combine hp's engineering and whitman's imprint. design. >> maybe that's the biggest change in technology over the last few years, people want something they feel proud to carry, that makes you feel great as a user. >> reporter: it's been a tough first year for whitman. hp hp's pretty and butter sales fell. whitman is cutting 29,000 jobs. a billionaire in her own right, this is not a job she needs. so why take on this high-stakes challenge? >> yeah. because hp matters. >> reporter: founded by bill hulett and dave pack arrested in a pallo alto garage, hp is the cornerstone of silicon valley. while the founders' side by side offices remain untouched, whitman works out of a cubicle, a page from her days at ebay. do you ever leave here at night, thinking why did i decide to do this? >> no. >> reporter: you like that challenge. >> i think you probably know me well enough to know i take on pretty big challenges. >> reporter: no bigger challenge than running for governor of california two years ago. she spent $144 million of her own money in a nasty battle with jerry brown. >> i am confident that the voters of california will take this episode for what it is. politics at its worst. >> reporter: what did you learn from that experience? >> that politics is a very tough business. here's what's different. at hp, i have a team. there are products, there's a whole company. in politics, it's just you. >> reporter: as a member of only the second class of women to graduate from princeton, whitman climbed the corporate ladder in some of america's best-known brands. married to neurosurgeon griffith harsh, they raised two sons. in 1997, she smashed through the glass ceiling, hired to run ebay. what advice do you give young women starting their careers today? >> i say follow your passion. we spend a lot of time at work. so we better love what we do. and, you know, the other thing i say to young women, pick your partner really well. >> reporter: the elite pad, this tablet for business, is unveiled today. but it doesn't go on sale until january. it is the first big test for whitman's new vision for hp. savannah? >> all right, ann thompson in los angeles, thank you. >>> coming up next, how do they do that? a dramatic birds'-eye view of the world. right after this. 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"wing planet" appears on the discovery channel. >>> simple fixes to problems like too tight shoes. >>> and you do it, but what about the family pet? the new law considering making animals wear seat belts, as well. ommitment to the gulf. and every day since, we've worked hard to keep it. bp has paid over twenty-three billion dollars to help people and businesses who were affected, and to cover cleanup costs. today, the beaches and gulf are open for everyone to enjoy -- and many areas are reporting their best tourism seasons in years. we've shared what we've learned with governments and across the industry so we can all produce energy more safely. i want you to know, there's another commitment bp takes just as seriously: our commitment to america. bp supports nearly two-hundred-fifty thousand jobs in communities across the country. we hired three thousand people just last year. bp invests more in america than in any other country. in fact, over the last five years, no other energy company has invested more in the us than bp. we're working to fuel america for generations to come. today, our commitment to the gulf, and to america, has never been stronger. will: [ inner voice ] the only place i can afford. i'm so glad you're home. yeah. will: [ inner voice ] if i was smart enough to pounce on the daily double for just a buck 99 on the mcdonald's extra value menu i can handle this. i got this great loft space. ooo, very cool. >>> when you drive, it's the law to buckle up. now one state is considering making it a rule to have it for your four-legged friends, as well. mara, good morning to you. >> reporter: savannah, good morning. lots of pet owners take their dogs everywhere, including in the car. but now the rules for taking your pooch for a ride may be changing as new jersey considers a bill that would require seat belts for dogs, claiming it better protects motorists and their pets. at katie's pet depot in northern new jersey, harnesses for dogs are being snapped up almost as quickly as dog bones are. >> they have been very difficult to keep in stock. >> reporter: increase of sales of these attachments that fit into car seat belts to secure your pooch while you're behind the wheel is due in large part for a proposal for a new jersey law that would require restraints for animals in cars. the proposal is being met with mixed responses from dog owners. >> something more us to spend money on. >> i think it's a good law, smart law. you want to make sure your dogs are harnessed in the car like a person. >> i get the principle, but in reality, it's kind of hard for a dog owner. >> reporter: democratic assembly woman grace spencer, a dog owner herself, proposed the measure and is pushing for the bill to become law. >> it's important animals be restrained in a car, because animals sometimes pose a distraction and hindrance to the operator of the vehicle. animals tend to act like animals. if they're surprised, they're going to move accordingly. >> reporter: according to the proposed bill, drivers found breaking the law would get a $20 ticket or in some cases be charged with animal cruelty and fined up to $1,000. if enacted, new jersey would have the toughest animal seatbelt law in the country. new jersey governor chris christie says that lawmakers are wasting their time, and vowed he would not sign the bill. >> governor, what's up with this dog seatbelt stuff? >> it's the stupidest thing i've ever heard in my life. >> reporter: according to aaa, about 20% of participants admitted to taking their hands offer the wheel to keep dogs from climbing into the front seat. 31% said they were distracted by their passenger pooch. in recent years, distracted driving has become a serious issue with most passing laws banning texting or talking on the phone while driving. assembly woman spencer says dog distraction is no different than texting while driving. >> i think there is some room for comparison there. they say it takes four seconds for you to be distracted by a text for someone to lose their life. it's in the interest of the driver, the dog, the pedestrian and everyone that uses any roadway here in the state of new jersey. >> reporter: now, safety experts also point out, in an accident, an unrestrained pet can become a dangerous projectile. another reason proponents say a law like this is necessary. savannah? >> thank you. >>> coming up, a woman who had part of her skull removed and stored in her stomach to recover from a fall. she'll share her story. >> but first, your local news. hey! you kids almost ready? i've got breakfast waiting for you. wooo! uh oh. what? mom's doing her exercise video again. when mom's on a health kick, all of us are. and now she's made us breakfast. uh oh. 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[ male announcer ] see ja ne't's story and more at the camry effect. from toyota. ♪ get a free 6-inch sub of your choice when you buy any 6-inch sub and any drink before 9am. that's right! buy any 6-inch subway sub and any drink before 9am to get your free 6-inch sub. october only, so hurry in! to get your free 6-inch sub. why they have a raise your rate cd. tonight our guest, thomas sargent. nobel laureate in economics, and one of the most cited economists in the world. professor sargent, can you tell me what cd rates will be in two years? no. if he can't, no one can. that's why ally has a raise your rate cd. ally bank. your money needs an ally. >> this is wbal-tv 11 news and a baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. >> a problem we are tracking in bel air. let's get you up-to-date on that first. this takes you to but not rockspring road. watch for delays and lane closures. also looking at delays around area that are volume-related. this one related to an accident on southbound 295. . a traffic leading up to that. backing up traffic on the inner loop beginning at greenspring. outer loop on the west side, 18 miles per hour on average. you can see on eastbound i-70, tie up as you approached the as you approach the beltway. further south, prior to the 895 split, things get heavier in the southbound direction. northwest corner, you can see how crowded it is. congested ride towards edmondson. >> so far so good. a little bit of fog in some places, especially in the western suburbs. it does not appear to be a big deal. 45 in westminster, 49 and a rising sun. it should state dry during the day. this is moving into the southern part of virginia. mostly cloudy is our forecast through temperatures between 69 and 74 degrees. rain is likely tomorrow. anne dicker will be a steady rain no, but often not -- i don't think it will be a steady rain, but off and on showers. >>> 8:00 this monday morning, the first day of october, 2012. a pretty start to the month here in new york. and we give the crowd a chance to say fall is in the air. >> it does feel like an october morning, mr. roker. >> yes, it does. that's because it is october. the 1st. >> david gregory is here for matt. and here is al roker. coming up, a piece of video you're going to want to see. caught on tape, this time a skateboard racer and a deer. we'll tell you the story behind that. >> oh. >> close encounters. >> the one that got matt. >> wow. >> we all remember that. >>> also, we've been talking about it this morning, a beauty queen mom of three who had this traumatic brain injury and had to remove part of her skull. unbelievable, they stored it in her stomach. we're going to hear from her and how she is recovering and doing very well. >> that's amazing. and this is an interesting little segment we're going to have coming up. you ever try to eat a blt and then have the bacon slide out? >> yes. because of the mayonnaise. >> exactly. or maybe a new pair of shoes too tight. >> yeah. >> or problems cutting the cheese. have you ever had those problems? we're going to explain to you what simple, savvy, silly solutions, everyday things you need -- >> savannah, profile of her life. things she struggles with. >> every day. >> making the world a better place. >> soft cheese and trying to slice it. >> can't cut it. >> before we get to that, we'll get a check of the top stories with natalie morales. >> good morning, savannah, david and al. good morning, everyone. a suicide bomber killed at least 14 people, including three american soldiers in eastern afghanistan this morning. dozens of civilians were wounded in the attack in coast province leaving two americans dead, raising the u.s. military death toll for the now 11-year war to 2,000. >>> president obama and mitt romney are preparing for their first debate wednesday in denver. on sunday, president obama tried to downplay expectations. he told a rally in las vegas that he's, quote, just okay at debating. new jersey governor chris christie chose a different tact, predicting that republican nominee mitt romney will, quote, do extraordinarily well. >>> in a rare prison interview, one of the men convicted for the bellway sniper attacks is expressing remorse. lee boyd malvo says i was a monst monster, a thief, stole people's lives. the shooting left at least ten people dead in the washington, d.c. area. the now 27-year-old malvo is serving life without parole. >>> a teenaged girl distressed message sent over twitter has triggered a police search and drawn worldwide attention. kathryn craig has more from clark, new jersey. good morning, kathryn. >> reporter: natalie, good morning. it started with a message on twitter, a tweet from a teenager who lives in this house that someone was inside the house, and she wrote, call 911. we have the tweet to show and you despite the typo from the teenager, people were absolutely crazy and worried about her safety. cara elongy is nowhere to be found. her parents reported her missing last night and people from all around the world have been tweeting about this. she is 16 years old, the #helpfindcara is in the top ten and trending on twitter and has more than 89,000 followers to her account. people have been here looking for her. police have been to the house. the family has been strangely quiet about this. no comment over the phone. when i telephone the family earlier, also no answer when we knocked on the door. the bottom line is from the police chief, this teenager, cara elongy is missing. natalie? >> bizarre story. kathryn craig in clark, new jersey, thanks. >>> a quick round of what has you talking online. people.com reports that anne hathaway tied the knot in big surrender, california. she married actor turned jewelry designer adam schulman. she wore a valentino gown and 1920s-inspired head band attached to her veil. >> a terrifying scene going viral on youtube. one competitor going an estimated 40 miles per hour when a deer you see there bolted right in front of them. the head-on collision sent the skateboarder and deer tumbling off the road in a cloud of dust. >>> and the latest gangnam-style parody is out of this world, featuring star trek characters performing the global hit in the cling-on language. ♪ >> we're told the video references a love triangle familiar to fans of "star trek: the next generation." but you don't have to be a trekies to enjoy it. i think david and savannah, we may have seen them all by now. >> i was going to say -- >> one more time. >> they're playing your song. not in the mood today? >> i was working up to it, yeah. >> you get emotionally prepared to do gangnam style later. we'll turn it over to mr. roker for the weather. >> darn it, i'm a doctor, not a gangnam style doctor. we have these ladies, a girls' weekend from grand rapids? >> yeah. >> what happened? anything you can talk about? rjt no. >> okay. what happened in the mitten state -- let's see what we've got for you. as we check out our pick city of the day. jacksonville, florida. the "first coast news" afternoon thunderstorms and a high of 89 degrees. looking at the week ahead, much above normal temperatures out west into the plains, great lakes, along the east coast, below normal. down south, where it's going to be on the wet side. the midweek period, a big cooldown coming. snow showers in the upper person plains. warm weather in the east. and as we get to the latter part of the week, a cooldown makes its way to the east. the plains, the great lakes with snow in the upper mississippi river valley. and look for warmer temperatures through the gulf coast. it continues dry out west. that's what's going on around the country. >> good morning. i think we will stay at dry today. clouds will be thickening up. >>> and that's your latest weather. david, when you hear that music, you start perspiring profusely? >> no, i start to feel the music. when we come back here, a story we've been talking about this morning, a former beauty queen and mother had part of her skull removed, stored in her stomach as she is recovering from a severe brain injury. her story after this. wow... 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obviously, it was not a dream. they really had put the skull in my stomach. >> the body takes care of it, the body takes the bone sterile. and then when you're ready to put that bone back in, you have it right there. >> reporter: it worked exactly as doctors hoped. what surprised them was jamie herself. >> she made a fantastic and very early recovery. it amazed a lot of people. >> i do feel like it's caused me to dig deeper into myself and go to a different level of understanding beauty. my own personal beauty. >> reporter: for today, diana alve alvear, nbc news, los angeles. >> jimmy and nick are with us, with nick schwartz. good morning to all of you. >> good morning. >> jamie, i see you tearing up a little bit while watching that. >> i avoid the video, i avoid the pictures. so it's touching to see nick there taking care of me. >> what a moment. so do you remember much about this accident? >> you know, i don't remember much. i remember he cast the line, handed me the pole. i remember the fish on and pulled back. and that's it. i don't remember falling. i don't remember landing. that's it. >> nick, it must have been terrifying. we see that video, and just those moments after it happened. what was going through your mind? >> you know, i have said once or twice before, as i watched her fall, i just -- i knew that this was going to be bad. and i wasn't sure if i was screaming her name out loud or just in my mind, but i just kept screaming her name over and over and over again as i looked down on her and realized that i had to get down there as soon as i could. >> and jamie, the next thing you're really aware of, you wake up in the hospital a few days later. not only as is part of your skull missing at this point, now you look down and you have this big bump. you laugh about it now. but that must have been terrifying. >> you know, when i woke up, i was surrounded by my family, nick, and there was a great feeling in the room. a peace and a joy. and i could feel their joy when i opened my eyes. so there was a good feeling there which was really good. before they showed me the skull. so, of course, it was shocking. but i felt so loved, it was -- >> and at that point, they had given her about a 50/50 chance. >> yeah, immediately after the surgery, the doctor came out and gave me that prognosis, 50/50 chance. 72 hours were the most critical. >> let's bring our doctor in here, dr. schwartz. this is something you do routinely? >> relatively routinely. so the surgery that jamie had is called a hemicraniectomy. and what we do in order to relieve the swelling in the brain, because there is severe trauma to the brain, the brain swells. and the skull is a closed cavity. so when that swelling occurs, the pressure goes up inside the head and can be very dangerous. so we remove part of the skull, about 25% of the skull, as she said, and we then need a place to keep it. and there are a couple different options, but one of the best options is actually to implant that in the abdomen itself. >> because inside you're sterile, your body keeps it safe? >> it's not only sterile, but your body takes can with you. so bob woodruff was able to travel with the bone in his belly and they could put it back back in the united states. >> truly remarkable. jamie, how has this whole experience changed you? >> do i have 25 minutes? i think, you know, the biggest change -- we all face, you know, the morning and decide how are we going to handle today? and i think the biggest thing that's changed is it's not really a decision anymore. i am so grateful the minute my feet touch the ground. sorry. i can still make breakfast. take my kids to school. the things that seem so mundane before. not mundane anymore. i'm just so thankful and happy. >> that's a good reminder for all of us. jamie and nick, so good to see you and doing well. >> thank you so much. >> you are truly a miracle, and doctor, thank you for being here too. >> my pleasure. >>> coming up next, we'll take a turn and tell you some simple, savvy and, yes, silly tips from the perfect blt to how to get the wax off your candle sticks. right after this. 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[ female announcer ] it's on. let's roll. >>> we're back at 8:21. savannah wakes up every morning and says what can i do to make the world a better place? we're kicking off this series that could change your life or a way to think about things differently. >> it involves bacon. the next three days, we share tips to tackle some of your daily challenges, big and small. we're calling it the simple, savvy, silly tips for ways to do things smarter. david, gregory, go. >> you like a blt, who doesn't? because you've got the mayo on this, you take a bite, what happens? the bacon flies off. >> wow! you know what? three crew members pounced on that piece of bacon. >> here's what you've got to do. >> someone actually put it in his pocket! >> hey, al, you've got to do a basket weave. i've done these already, as you can see. so what i'm going to do -- >> like martha stewart. >> i'm going to put this down and over here like this. right? and then all -- throw this into the oven, bake it. what happens on the other side? bang! boom. >> my gosh! >> so what happens, you bite the corner of this, the whole thing goes down. >> you stop throwing -- hand me that. that really would make a fantastic pocket square. so you can nibble. >> i'll get it for you. >> my thing, when you get shoes and they're too tight, here's a way -- take a shoe -- scoot over. the first thing you do, you put on wool socks, two if you can. >> very good look, savannah. >> i know, i know. no one said it would be attractive. you put your socks on, thick socks. two if you can handle it. then you put the shoe on. >> wow. >> oh, my. >> you put the shoe on. >> yeah, and then you start blow-drying it. >> can we get a tight shot of this look? wow, that's a good look. i would rather lose the bacon. >> and there -- that's how you do that. >> you go to a cocktail party, having a party. and you want to cut the cake or slice that cheese. >> and it's really soft cheese. >> you just get some floss, dental floss. and then just go like this. >> you know what, that's a great idea. >> brilliant. >> and just go through. and guess what? your cake has 35% fewer cavities. and then you just keep doing that. and then you go over to the cheese. and you get chocolate cheese. it's fantastic. see how we can do that? cuts right through. look at that. perfect. >> great idea. >> as somebody pointed out, there are things that have the cheese cutter like the wire. >> i know, but that's not as much fun. everybody has dental floss at home. >> finally, last but not least -- are you okay? hate when the candle wax gets stuck? you can't get the candles out, right? and you can't reuse them? here's the thing, any sort of nonstick spray, maybe don't put that much in there. >> kind of ruins the look. >> a little less spray, all right? you can also use olive oil and at the end when you're done with your candle, they pop right back out. >> look at that. >> beautiful party trick. >> and then you can do a three-card monty. >> you put the bacon right on top of the -- >> have we made life easier today? >> if you're fogged up, extra bonus. go like this, and it makes the fog disappear. >> your side mirror? >> any mirror. >> everybody knew that. everybody knew that. >> more savvy tips tomorrow. we want your ideas. go to today.com. we'll be back after this. >> this is wbal-tv 11 news i baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. let's get a check on the morning commute with sarah caldwell. >> in a long list of accidents we are tracking. 295 and 100, watch for delays in place. out of the past baltimore national pike, getting word of. -- of a crash. if you want to travel on eastbound trotter road and jasper lindh, tracking an accident. pulaski highway and bergm -- erdman ave, a crash there. rockspring road, accident in the belair region. all of these of volume-related delays in place. traffic in the area of white marsh. done to the 95 split, expect to be delayed. west side, old court road, southbound 795 ramp, very heavy. those delays continue all the way down towards the accident scene at baltimore national pike. >> there has been a little bit of fog in some neighborhoods, especially the far western suburbs. it does not appear to be a big deal. 48 in randallstown, 47 in parkton. we are watching rain on the southern part of origin. during the day, it should be fine. increasing clouds. mostly cloudy by the afternoon. off and on rainshowers likely during the day tomorrow. 75. dry and while on wednesday. >> we are back with another update at 8:56. >>> 8:30 on monday morning, the first day of october, 2012. and we're outside to say hello to all of the folks who decided to come by and say hello to us on a beautiful, crisp fall morning. good morning, everyone, i'm savannah guthrie alongside al roker, natalie marcellus, david gregory in for matt this week. coming up, we all like to shop. but this next story takes it further. we're going to meet a woman who says she has a shopping addiction. she says she does not know the meaning of the word "browsing" and is now facing a dangerous addiction to shopping. we'll talk to her, coming up. >>> also, wife of newt gingrich, presidential candidate. she has a new book out for children about america's rich history. we'll talk about that. she might talk a little politics, too. before the big debate coming up. >>> speaking of kids, rosie pope, mom of three and star of "pregnant in heels" is here, she is going to put your mommy iq to the test. and then later, a woman who should do very well on that quiz, by the way, marie osmond, mother of eight, joining us to talk about her new project. she is also going to be joining us in our next hour. >> including our take three segment. >> have you noticed it's a teeny, tiny bit quieter, we are missing our gals kathie lee and hoda. they are at the university of tennessee this morning. guys, good morning to you. ♪ >> can they even hear us? >> a marching band. >> i thought we were going to chat. >> i don't think so. kathie lee, don't do that. >> clearly throwing a big party. ♪ there's more where that came from. >> there's a big dog with them, too. >> in the meantime, a check of the weather. >> alrighty. let's find out what you've got as far as your weather for today. looking at a risk of strong storms, lower mississippi river valley. the rain up into the mid atlantic states. beautiful in the northwest, record highs in southern california. l.a. probably getting to 100 today. tomorrow a risk of strong storms in the upper mississippi river valley. wet weather along the east coast. sunny and hot weather continues from texas into the southwest. beautiful day tomorrow in the pacific northwest with showers in the northern plains. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happeni >> good morning. we are starting out with a few areas of fog. it will be a cold day. >>> and don't forget, check your weather any time you need to. go to weather channel on cable or weather.com online. >> that's just what i'll do. >> okay. probably different up there. >> i've heard that before. >>> coming up, the life of a shopping addict. we'll meet a woman who is $100,000 in debt. and struggling to change her ways. but first, this is "today" on nbc. anncr: their dishonest ads are everywhere. a west virginia casino spending a fortune... to stop question seven. they don't want competition. the washington post wrote the casino behind the ads is... "most concerned with its own bottom line." and the baltimore sun says it "doesn't have maryland... taxpayers' interests at heart." so when you see these ads remember... they're about what's good for west virginia's casino... not maryland. vote for maryland jobs and schools. vote for question seven. >>> back at 8:35 with an intimate look at the life of a compulsive spender. part of "my shopping addiction" a new show on nbc's sister network, oxygen. here is how one woman explains the thrill behind her spending. >> i shop when i'm happy, i shop when i'm sad. i shop when i'm tired. when i'm bored. when i'm mad. >> kim kardashian has nothing on me. omg. what do she have? oh, she's hot! i like to shop. >> marsia hawkins is with us now, along with a licensed clinical psychologist who treats compulsive shoppers on the show. ladies, good morning. marsia, you give us a smile. but this is serious. you feel you have a shopping addiction? >> i definitely have a shopping addiction. every time i go to the store, i pretty much have to spend. >> and as i understand it, you have a shoe collection valued at over $30,000. handbags, $12,500. and your real love, dresses, $60,000. that could not have happened overnight. >> no. it was progressive. about ten years worth of shopping started working in retail. >> yeah. you got that discount and thought hey, i'm saving money here. >> exactly. >> dr. romney, we heard about dr. drew's rehab program. but shopping addiction. this is a real disorder. >> it very much is. because people are bringing themselves to financial ruin. they're hurtinging their relationships. they can't stop themselves. so this can really bring a life down and create years of debt and really big problems in all areas of their lives. >> marsia, you have such a cute personality, and we saw that in the piece. but do you feel like you understand now what is driving this? what takes it beyond just somebody who enjoys shopping? >> i did. working with dr. romney, i kind of identified the root of the problem and knowing where it started which is when i was in middle school and bullied a lot, didn't fit in with the kids, played violin, accelerated classes and different languages and didn't fit in. and i realized all the girls that were accepted and were popular were fashionable. they wore the hottest trends and garnished the attention and acceptance of others so i figured how do i fit in and i think that's where it began. >> you started getting positive reinforcement with that. >> i did. >> but how has this affected your life? you found yourself going into debt? has it made problems with your friends and family? >> i definitely have. i got into credit card debt, maxing out all of the credit cards, borrowing money from friends, robbing peter to pay paul. you know, my parents, family members -- >> i heard your parents said when you tried to borrow some money, they said uh-uh, forget it. >> no. they said if you have money to shop, you don't need money from us. >> oxygen, which, of course, has this show on the network, released a poll. part of which only 6% of americans admit they are addicted to shopping. but then if you ask, do you know someone who is addicted to shopping, the number shoots way up. >> that's a very interesting disconnect. and it speaks to how many people don't have insight into the fact that this is a real problem for them. often until it's too late or someone else points it out to them. >> you ran, marsia, through some exercises. >> oh, yeah. >> give us an example. how do you crack an addiction like this? >> one way to crack an addiction like this is not let people respond in their usual way. go into a store, but don't buy. and marsia, you were not a happy camper when i said you can shop all you want, pull things off the rack, but you're walking out of here empty-handed. that was hard. >> did you find that made a difference? >> i mean, it was hard, because i didn't know that i couldn't spend. she sprung it on me. i thought i had a $500 gift card so i was excited to spend and at the end they said there is no money on this card. i was devastated. >> so what have you had to go through psychologically to get to a better place? and do you think you're doing better now? >> i definitely think i'm doing better. i've actually consolidated all my credit cards so i don't have one credit card to spend. so if i don't have the money in the bank, i don't -- no shopping. which was the biggest step thus far, which was $16,000 already removed from my debt. >> and dock dor tore, how do you know if you're somebody who likes to shop or have a problem? >> i think if you're out of control, you're thinking about it a lot and it fills up a lot of your time. if a person is shopping four or five times a week, that's a lot. so it's time, money and the people you're affecting. you ask yourself those three questions and there's the answer. >> marsia, and dr. romney, good to have you here. thank you and good luck to you. >>> and a reminder, you can catch the premier of "my shopping addiction" monday night at october 15th, at 11:00, 10:00 central on oxygen. >>> coming up, callista gingrich and her new children's book. but first, this is "today" on nbc. hey, what are you drinkin'? pumpkin coffee for the morning. and i've got my pumpkin k-cup packs for at home. now i can have my pumpkin coffee any time i want it. pumpkin's perfect. it's dunkin' with the press of a button. new pumpkin k-cup packs, only at dunkin' restaurants. america runs on dunkin' coffee. i'm drinking dunkin'. i'm just in love with the flavor. i get mine black. i don't want to take away from that pure taste. so smooth, no bitterness. it's awesome. there's no other taste like it. america runs on dunkin' coffee. >>> back at 8:42 with callista gingrich, wife of former presidential candidate newt gingrich, author of children's books, getting children excited about history with help from an doshl elephant named ellis. book of "land of the pilgrim's pride." >> thanks for having me. >> different from the first how? >> in the first book, "sweet land of liberty," ellis the elephant discoveries pivotal moments of history so children appreciate the greatness of america. in "land of the pilgrim's pride" ellis discoveries the 13 original colonies. >> what is the lure? i think a lot of parents love books about american history for kids, because we would like to be teaching our kids that. is that the great lure for you, that appetite to write about history? >> it is. and unfortunately, there are so few books out there for children between the ages of 4 and 8 that deal with the subject matter of our american history. >> and there's -- there may be some expectation, i know, the former speaker is here with you as the spouse this morning, and he's listening attentively. but we're not going to hear from him this morning. just sit quietly over there. but this is -- [ laughter ] this is a totally -- this is a balanced approach here. there is no conservative agenda here, and you're talking about history. >> that's right. this is a pro-american book. it's a patriotic book and not meant to be a conservative or republican book. i see this book as a celebration of our pattic values and celebration of our nation. >> it's interesting, because kids are learning about technology in school, moving so quickly. being rooted in the very foundations of the country is important, isn't it? >> absolutely. and knowing about colonial america is vitally important. unfortunately, this is a large period of our history often unknown. and it's really important that our children understand how our nation began, and how our original traits and characteristics as americans were formed. >> and the backbone of our democracy, so are elections. what was it like being on the campaign trail in such a turbulent year? >> it was exhilarating, and we were really blessed to be a part of the process. and i learned two things. two big things when i was on the campaign trail. the first being that the american people are inherently generous and good, whether or not they agree with you politically. and secondly, that the majority of people are still very optimistic about the future of our country. >> it's important at such a pivotal time. big debate this week. you're no stranger to the debates, as your husband went through 3 or 400 i think during the primary, something like that, right? >> i was at all of them. >> how do you handicap this one? >> well, i think governor romney needs to do very well. this is a very close race. and i think he needs to make the choice obvious to americans. he needs to tell us what he's going to do to create more jobs and create economic recovery. this is a very important evening for him. >> is his back against the wall? is there a sense he's behind and this is sort of his last moment? >> i think he's got a lot of support throughout the country and very good debater and i anticipate he'll do very well. and if he is as assertive and direct as he was with newt in florida, he'll be just fine. >> probably good advice. again, the book is called "land of the pilgrim's pride." callista gingrich, thank you very much. >>> andim could go coming up next, what is your mommy iq? a quiz from rosie cope. but first, this is "today" on nbc. it's time to change the way we clean. it's time to free ourselves from the smell and harshness of bleach. and free ourselves from worrying about the ones we love. new lysol power & free has more cleaning power than bleach. how? the secret is the hydrogen peroxide formula. it attacks tough stains and kills 99.9% of germs. new lysol power & free. powerful cleaning that's family friendly. another step forward in our mission for health. >>> back at 8:48. she has been pregnant in heels three times and now rosie pope is sharing her knowledge in her new book, "mommy iq: the complete guide to pregnancy." she is here to talk about that and the special quiz she created for our "today" moms.com website. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> are you ready to rock? >> i'm ready to rock. >> i'm enjoying this rocking chair too much. you have three kids at home, tv show. now a book. why did you think it was important to write this book? >> i have an amazing access to a lot of experts from the best ob-gyns and best fitness trainers and so i wanted to mary them and provide everything. >> do you think most women have the basics down when it comes to pregnancy or do you think they enter it and think, this is all pretty shocking? >> i think if they really trust their instincts, they do, but everybody wants to do the best job. you want to be a good parents and take care of your baby. the anxiety is overwhelming. and if you have a book, you can feel confident and be equipped to be a parents. >> mommies know how to multitask. you actually tweeted through your last delivery? >> i've got to say, my third delivery was easier than my first. i don't think i could have done it the first time round. >> dare i ask what you were tweeting about? >> i was trying to explain the process, because so many of our fans and our clients really want to know what really happens during labor. so i let them know. >> love it. all right. let's get to the mommy iq test you created. the first question is, for a healthy pregnant woman, how many extra calories should she consume per day in the first and second trimester. we had a., 500 to 700. b., 300 to 500. and c., 100 to 300. the majority of our viewers said b., but the answer is? >> it's actually 100 to 300 calories. >> wow. what happened to eating for two? >> i know. the truth is, i really do think pregnancy is not a type to skip so you should indulge every now and again but not go overboard. >> when should women take foe lick acid? a., when you're pregnant, b., one year before pregnancy. c., at least one to two months before pregnancy. most of our voters said c. is that correct? >> they got that right. it's really important to start taking it before you get pregnant, not when you get to the doctor's office, which is what a lot of people used to do. >> so if you're trying to have a baby, start taking that folic acid. we find it in, what, broccoli? >> leafy greens, dark green. >> on to leg cramps. question is, why do pregnant women often get leg cramps? a., because leg muscles are und underused. b., increased blood supply increases or c. nobody knows. >> nobody knows. >> really? >> towards the end of the pregnancy, women will get severe leg cramps. it's important to get up, walk around and get lots of water. >> isn't it because you're carrying extra weight and hard of on the legs? >> maybe. >> i'm no doctor, but that seems logical to me. on to delivery. when should a woman in labor come to the hospital? a., when contractions are two minutes apart, or lasting one minute over one hour. b., contractions are five minutes apart, lasting one minute over one hour. or c., contractions are one minute apart, lasting one minute over one hour. >> the answer is b. five minutes apart, lasting for one minute over the course of an hour. >> okay. lastly, a question a lot of people wonder, on average. >> how long does a woman's breast milk come in post birth. a., immediately. b., one day. or c., three to five days. i would think immediately, isn't the baby hungry? >> no, so immediately you get something called colous trum. >> before we let you go, favorite treats for mommies. >> luna bars are full of folic acid and a great snack. i travel a lot with my kids and often not a place to eat like airports. ginger candy is great for nausea. great stretch mark cream, even if you're not sure if it works, great for itchy skin. and a polish so you can look glamorous while pregnant. >> full of facts and information. the book again is called "mommy iq." guys, over to you. >> thanks very much. we have birthday wishes from our good friend mr. willard scott. hey, willard. >> i love to wish happy birthdays. i like birthday cakes and birthday ice cream. take a look. robert deaplain, jackson, new jersey. he says the secret to longevity is 77 years with the woman he loves most in the whole world. you know that's right? don't you wish somebody would say that about you? is anyway. dorothy kennedy of lansing, michigan is active at her church and devoted to helping other people at all times. happy birthday. how sweet it is. the lovely lee winters. she is from east meadow, new york. 100 years old and says that she loves springtime and happiness and good people and especially feeling young. take a look, if you will, i like that name, herman weinberg. wonderful name, folks. herman weinberg from beachwood, ohio. 100 years old today. loves astronomy and spending time in his garden. older people love gardening, makes them live longer. margaret walek of wayne, new jersey, 100 years old today, enjoys crossword puzzles, and does the cha cha cha. moises mina from delano, california, 103 years old today. proud world war veteran. now back to new york city. >> thank you very much. >> we want to check in with kathie lee and hoda in knoxville on the campus of the university of tennessee. ladies, good morning. you look great in orange. >> morning! woo! >> how is it going, what do you have planned? >> that's the show right there. >> that will be the whole show. >> thousands of kids have skipped school. and we have -- >> that's my favorite sign. amazing signs. you know what, it's just -- reflects what's going on in our culture. parents everywhere should be very upset their money is being wasted! >> we love the sign of hoda with the big hair. >> my favorite. you know what? i want to tell you -- real name is diane. holding the sign, and as far as i'm concerned, diane is dead. >> whoa! >> that's a real -- >> new sign monday. >> show up to our show, one of you will die. >> but you'll have a good time. >> yeah. >> whew-hoo. >> one of you will deserve it. what's the food like, guys? >> you know what? we haven't eaten anything yet. we don't tailgate until later on. >> you don't understand our show, al roker. >> okay, what's the wine like? >> it's a dry campus. >> i know. >> yeah, i'm sure you guys are sober. >> shame on you for thinking otherwise. awful. >> let's see diane's sign again? >> we have been offered a libation or two. but we have said no, doggone it. >> one of life's delicious little ironies, dry campus. >> diane, it's over. we're breaking up. >> kathie lee and hoda. have a great show, ladies. >> marie osmond, coming up. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. nearly two dozen families are living for eight new home this morning following an apartment building fire. no one was hurt in the fire, which broke out at a military >>, will be thickening up as we head through the day, bubut it should state dry. rain possible as we head into tuesday. dry and mild on wednesday. >> thank you for joining us. back with another weather update at 9:25. >> krystal conwell : we see a lot of problems with the... number of students that we have. resources. materials. things that the children need... on a day-to-day basis. anncr: question seven will help. the department of legislative services says question seven... will mean one hundred ninety nine million a year... for schools...gaming revenue that would have... gone to other states. and independent audits will guarantee the money... goes where it's supposed to. krystal conwell: i think people should vote for question... seven because i think it will be a great benefit to children.
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e in voting for question 6. . >>> good morning. fire and nice. in their third and final debate, president obama fires some schwab barbs while governor romney emphasizes where the two agree. >> in the 1980s or now, calling to ask for their foreign policy back. >> attacking me is not an agenda. >> this morning reaction from both running mates. vice president joe biden and congressman paul ryan as the campaign enters the two-week sprint to election day today, tuesday, october 23rd, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," decision 2012, with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer. >> the presidential debates wrapped up with a high-energy performance from president obama. meanwhile, governor romney criticized the president for his foreign policy record over the last four years, and it had a different feel from any of the other two. >> yeah. we have had three very distinct debates. debate season is over. two weeks to election day, but here's how it's all playing out this morning in the papers. the headline in "usa today," obama, romney go on attack in sharp final debate. while the liberal-leaning huffingtonpost.com declared chief in command. >> the "los angeles times" says obama reverses roles and comes out swinging at romney in the final debate and "the miami herald," verbal punch esbut no outright knockout. let's get right to nbc's chuck todd, political director and chief white house correspondent, in boca raton, site of last night's debate. chuck, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. it's just two weeks until election day, and what was interesting about this third and final debate, it was a clash only in styles as an aggressive president was met with very little resistance from his republican opponent who chose to believe that simply showing up was enough to keep his momentum intact. the final debate, a study in contrast. an aggressive president obama trying to disqualify mitt romney as a potential commander in chief and also seeming like the candidate with more to prove. >> i know you haven't been in a position to actually execute foreign policy, but every time you've offered an opinion you've been wrong. when it comes to our foreign policy, you seem to want to import the foreign policies of the 1980s, just like the social policies of the 1950s and the economic policies of the 1920s. what we need to do with respect to the middle east is strong, steady leadership, not wrong and reckless leadership that is all over the map. >> romney rarely hit back directly. attacking me is not an agenda. attacking me is not talking about how we're going to deal with the challenges that exist in the middle east. >> as the debate went on, romney seemed to settle on a strategy of staying above the fray, searching for areas of agreement. >> would you have stuck with mubarak? >> no. i believe, as the president indicated, and said at the time, that i supported his -- his action there. >> we had to go into pakistan. we had to go in there to get osama bin laden. that was the right thing to do. >> yet, despite agreement on specifics, romney did criticize the president's overall foreign policy record. >> look at the record of the last four years and say iran closer to a bomb? yes. is the middle east in tumult? yes. is al qaeda on the run? on its heels? no. >> but romney let some charges go completely unanswered, not responding to this seemingly rehearsed zinger on defense spending. >> i think governor romney maybe hasn't spent enough time looking at how our military works. you mentioned the navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military has changed. we have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. >> in a debate designed to focus on foreign policy the two candidates often tried to steer the conversation back to the economy. during a question about china and trade, the two clashed over the auto bailout, with both clearly concerned about battleground ohio. >> and if we had taken your advice, governor romney about our auto industry, we'd be buying cars from china instead of selling cars to china. >> i'm a son of detroit. i was born in detroit. my dad was head of a car company. i like american cars, and i would do nothing to hurt the u.s. auto industry. my plan to get the industry on its feet when it was in real trouble was not to start writing checks. it was president bush that wrote the first checks. i disagreed with that. i said they need these companies, need to go through a managed bankruptcy. >> governor romney, you keep on trying to, you know, air brush history here. you were very clear that you would not provide government assistance to the u.s. auto companies even if they went through bankruptcy. you said that they could get it in the private marketplace. that wasn't true. they would have gone -- >> you're wrong. you're wrong, mr. president. >> no, i am not wrong. >> people can look it up, you're right. >> people will look it up. >> in the debate's final moments the candidates made their final pitch to voters. >> we've been through tough times but we always bounce back because of our character, because we pull together, and if i have the privilege of being your president for another four years i promise i'll always listen to your voices. i will fight for your families and israel work every single day to make sure that america continues to be the greatest nation on earth. >> we need strong leadership. i'd like to be that leader with your support. i'll work with you. i'll lead you in an open and honest way, and i ask for your vote. i'd like to be the next president of the united states to support and help this great nation and to make sure that we all together maintain america as the hope of the earth. >> reporter: now we know there was a lot of attention to the bayonet lines. while it's true the u.s. doesn't use bayonets as much as they did a century ago a quick search of the marine corps bayonets among the weapons actively used in action. from 500 yards every marine is accurate with a rifle, c-3 bayonet and that weapon becomes as effective and it's a weapon of choice when shots can't be fired. >> we've got our bayonet trivia this morning. thank you so much. following the debate i spoke with governor romney's running mate congressman paul ryan, and i began by asking him if romney, who is known for his stinging critiques of the president's foreign policy, made a strategic decision to strike a more moderate tone in the debate. >> you know what we saw with this debate. we saw that mitt romney is ready to be a great president. we saw a man with a command of the facts, with the kind of temperament and demeanor that makes for a great president. we saw a man with a vision for foreign policy. there are areas where we agree and clearly areas we disagree, and we fleshed that out pretty well in this debate. >> congressman, this has someone who has launched scathing criticisms on issues like libya, on iran. he's come right out and said under my administration iran wouldn't get a nuclear bomb. if you stick with president obama he will, and yet we heard none of that kind of talk tonight. is this somewhat misleading? is governor romney trying to portray somebody? >> no, not in the least, savannah. look, on iran, we're four years closer to a nuclear weapon. mitt romney spelled that out very clearly. the sanctions in place now are only in place because of bipartisan opposition to the president's unwillingness to put these sanctions in place in the first place. look, what we see was a huge difference in defense. we have $1 trillion in defense cuts coming down the pike which will hollow out our military, we don't agree with that. >> sir, you voted for those defense cuts? >> no, i did not support the president's -- you have to understand we have a third round of defense cuts coming. we obviously oboes the obama budget and let's never forget it was the president who insisted that these defense cuts be part of this sequester bill. i wrote the legislation preventing them from happening to cut spending elsewhere so that these devastating defense cuts don't occur but the president has not done a single thing to prevent them from happening. >> tonight governor romney said that the sanctions against iran were working. >> that's right. >> would a romney administration sit down and have bilateral talks with iran? >> first off, these sanctions are in place after a bipartisan agreement in congress overruled the obama administration. now with respect to bilateral talks or multi-lateral talks, we are fine and happy with having talks but not with preconditions, not with any chance of tempering our sanctions. we want to push sanctions further. if they want to talk because of these crippling sanctions, that's fine, but the bottom line is no enrichment, no nuclear program. that's the bottom line, and so if -- if iran wants to talk, that's perfectly fine but not as an excuse to lessen the pressure. >> but in the last couple of months even governor romney has said that iran is not a rationale regime, that the engagement rewarded bad behavior and that the administration's policy of engagement was naive. is this a major change of heart for governor romney? >> no, no, no. i think the administration's notion of meeting with no preconditions, that was naive. hillary clinton called it naive in the primary debates when they were running in 2008. i think it was naive for the obama administration to try and block tougher central bank sanctions in congress. we finally got them in place in spite of the obama administration's posture on this. i also think it was naive for president obama to come into office and say that we need to have more daylight between ourselves and our ally israel. that's the naive policy that we're criticizing. what we have to place needs to be buttressed and made more forceful and we don't think the president's policy has been credible because if we're going to peacefully resolve this dispute with iran, the mullahs in iran have to themselves decide not to pursue nuclear weapons. they clearly haven't made that decision. they are moving faster towards nuclear weapons. >> you've been talking about foreign policy naivety. john kerry said this is the most inexperienced foreign policy ticket to run in decades talking about you and governor romney. what specific national security experience qualifies governor romney to be commander in chief? >> we have had fantastic governors who have made very effective foreign policy presidents. look back to bill clinton and ronald reagan what. matters is policy, doctrine. mitt romney did a fantastic job of spelling out his foreign policy doctrine. i know it sounds like a cliche but peace through strength is a doctrine. i've been in congress 14 years. i've been running the budget committee for my party six years. 20% of our budget is national security, homeland security, it's security. that makes a big difference. voting to send men and women on war on ovations that gives you experience. mitt romney has the demeanor, the temperament, the principles, the skills to be a great foreign policy president. >> congressman paul ryan, the election two weeks from today. thank you, sir, for your time this morning. we appreciate it. >> thank you, savannah. >> now for the view from the other side. i spoke with vice president joe biden last night after the debate and started by asking him if he thought governor romney is a qualified candidate when it comes to his vision and understanding of foreign policy. >> no. he's not. he's a good man. he's a decent man but he demonstrated an overwhelming lack of understanding in international community. he demonstrated a lack of understanding in the military, and -- and i was amazed that even just a couple of weeks ago when i debated congressman ryan, congressman ryan was laying out the foreign policy with regard to what he and what governor romney believed. the overwhelming criticism our positions in syria, iraq, iran, across the board, and tonight governor romney seemed to be rushing to agree with everything the president had done already. >> if you compare mitt romney today to barack obama at this time four years ago when he was running against john mccain and his extensive military experience and foreign policy experience, does mitt romney have the same level of expertise in foreign policy that barack obama did in 2008? >> not even close. barack obama, i was chairman of the foreign relations committee. he was on my foreign -- our foreign relations committee for four years. he demonstrated a grasp and a gravity. he had a world view of where america's position should be, how we should interact in the world, how we needed to rebuild alliances, et cetera, et cetera, acted on those from the time he came in. governor romney didn't demonstrate any breadth, any breadth of understanding, and -- and it -- it was a little bit, quite frankly, surprising. >> let's go back to the point you made a second ago about how governor romney seemed to agree with many of the positions that the administration has taken over the last three and a half four years. in your opinion what's the most significant difference in foreign policy between mitt romney and barack obama? >> governor romney showed absolutely no vision of what he thought america's place in the world -- role in the world should be. >> i'm talking about a specific. in a particular country, in a particular situation, what's the biggest difference? >> well, i mean, the -- quite frankly in light of what he said tonight i don't know. he agreed with everything we've done on iran. agreed with everything we've done on syria. he's agreed with everything we've done in libya. >> i think if you were to talk to people six months ago they would have said that foreign policy was something that was firmly in the pocket of president obama. he could say we killed osama bin laden. we're out of iraq. we're winding down in afghanistan, end of story, and yet if you look at some recent polls, mr. vice president, they are tightening considerably. people seem to trust mitt romney on foreign policy as a commander in chief and in his dealings of how he would deal with terrorism. why do you think that's happening in. >> i don't think it's happening, number one. i don't believe that. i don't believe there's any understanding demonstrated on the part of a governor that he in fact is ready to be the commander in chief. as i said, he's a nice guy and was a great businessman, but i don't -- i mean, my guess is, again, i'm not a pollster and i'm -- i'm -- i'm out of my depth here, but i would be dumbfounded if day, two and three and five and six days from now they thought that they had demonstrated a command of the international circumstances and america's vision of the world that he would be a credible commander in chief. >> 14 days to go until the election. ohio, virginia. >> yes. >> and florida. it seems those three states are going to decide it all. is that the way you see it? >> i think they are going to be critically important, and i think we have a chance. i think we'll win ohio. i think we will -- i think we're going to win florida, and -- but, look, this is going to be close. we always knew the end of the day this was going to be a close race, no matter who the republicans nominated. >> you think it's fair to say that in states like where you are in ohio and florida and virginia this is going to boil down in some ways to disappointed voters, voters who voted for barack obama back in 2008. i want you to speak to those disappointed voters and tell them why they should stay the course. >> well, to the disappointed voters, and there are disappointed voters. this will be a choice. i've been convinced of that from the beginning. people are going to and some reluctant to make the choice because they -- because things haven't turned out for them yet, but they are going to look and say is governor romney going to better my circumstance, or am i better staying on this path? and i believe they are going to make a choice, and they are going to pick the -- the obama/biden ticket as opposed to the romney/ryan ticket. >> good to see you, sir. >> good to see you. >> vice president joe biden last night and congressman paul ryan last night as well. so the debates are in the books, and they have made things like big bird and binders full of women hot topics online. last night the president was trending for that line about horses and bayonets. >> how do you know something is about to enter the cultural phenomenon? you look at twitter, of course, and it became the most tweeted moment of the night, helping drive a total, i can't believe this, of more than 6.5 million tweets. >> but you knew it as you heard it. >> when the line came out, whether it was practiced or spontaneous you knew that would be something that people would talk about. another common theme online, reaction to governor romney's apparent agreement with president obama on a lot of issues, take a look. >> i want to underscore the same point the president made. the president was right. i believe as the president indicated and said at the time that i supported his action there. i congratulate him. i felt the same as the president did. >> i guess you could say it's nice to see the candidates agree about some things two weeks before election day, and the other line was one to research. i love teachers. governor romney used that phrase several times as he turned from foreign policy to domestic issues. mod raider bob schieffer quipped i think we all love teachers. no question that they both took the foreign policy debate to domestic issues. >> a programming note, brian williams is joining president obama for a series of interviews over the course of two days on the campaign trail. can you see those interviews. wednesday here on "today" and "nightly news" and thursday night on "rock center." >> meantime, we're following a lot of other stories this morning, including the fda investigating reports of five deaths that may be associated with a popular energy drink. disney's defense of its newest princess is making news. is she latina or not, and then possible evidence that whales can talk. we'll get to all of that coming up. >>> but first let's head over to the news desk. natalie is standing by with the other headlines of the morning. good morning. >>> good morning, everyone. keir simmons now with more on the phone hacking scandal. >> reporter: a number of victims said they are suing when piers morgan was editor. one is a former nanny for david and victoria beckham and and england national soccer coach who claimed it happened while piers morgan was in charge at the newspaper. piers morgan has always denied any wrongdoing, and the details of the claim are still not clear, but naturally the phone-hacking scandal that rocked rupert murdoch's empire clearly continues. >> keir simmons, thanks. >>> police in southern new jersey have found a female body that lakely belongs to a 12-year-old missing girl. autumn pass qvale was last seen riding her bike it a friend's house on sunday afternoon. the body was found in a recycling container blocks from the girl's home. an autopsy is under way this morning. >>> a congressional committee is investigating the massachusetts pharmacy at the center of a deathly meningitis outbreak. so far, 23 people have died. nearly 300 people have been sickened by the fungal strain of the disease linked to steroid injections distributed by the new england compounding center. the facility was cleared by a state inspection just last year. on monday the house committee on energy and commerce sent a request to the facility seeking ten years worth of documents on safety. >>> well, good news this morning for commuters as gas prices are tumbling. on monday the week-over-week price made its biggest drop in nearly four years, and while the average driver will still pay 3.66 at the pump today, aaa expects that price to drop as low as 3.25 by thanksgiving. >>> wild weather in northern california. a tornado touched down just 40 miles north of the state capital sacramento bringing some minor damage there. several funnel clouds were also report in the area but no other twisters touched down. >>> the san francisco giants are heading to the world series after clinching the national league title in a rainy game seven monday night. the giants sehut out defending world series champs 9-0 battling through the downpour. the giants kick off the world series against the detroit tigers tomorrow night in san francisco. >>> and with a title of how to pick up a girl at the gym, it's no wonder this video has racked up more than 1.1 million hits on youtube in the last 24 hours, but before you take notes, be aware. his approach is a bit literal. ha, ha, ha, ha. yeah, yeah, yeah >> you might want to clare that with a female weightlifting partner before you try it. 7:21 right now. back over to savannah, matt and al. not recommended to try that. >> a good way to ruin a relationship right there. >> what's the opposite of having game? throwing someone down on the gym mat. >> thank you very much. >> mr. roker. >> not going anywhere that. let's see what we've got. tropical storm sandy, not the dog from annie, 20, 25 miles from kingston, jamaica, 45-mile-per-hour winds and hurricane watches up for jamaica. tropical storm watches up for santo domingo as we take a look and show you the path of the system. it will come across, jamaica probably as a hurricane sometime wednesday and make its way out along the atlantic and then it gets a little dicy as to what it's going to do. we'll continue to track it for >> good morning. the mild weather will continue. high temperatures all the way into the upper 70's. . >> and that's your latest weather. matt? >> thanks very much. coming up, a popular energy drink cited in the deaths of five people. the fda is now investigating. we'll have details on that story, and the college student who has caused a stir online with this picture. why she hopes it will change the way you think about beauty and yourbody. but first this is "today" on nbc. >>> coming up, the new defense from douglas kennedy as trials are trying to take a newborn son out of the hospital without permission. >> and the whale who may have taught himself to talk after the local news. means living with pa. it could also mean living with joint damage.ith pa. help relieve the pain and stop the damage with humira, adalimumab. for many adults with moderate to severe ra, humira is clinically proven to help relieve pain and stop joint damage. so you can treat more than just the pain. humira 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manslaughter charges in july. an autopsy confirmed that the little girl died of blunt force trauma. that's get a check of the morning commute with sarah caldwell. >> in lot of accidents we tracking this hour. let's look at what is going on in the harrisburg expressway. we have an accident taking up one lane. 12 miles per hour beginning at shawan road. these delays begin around mountain road towards the beltway. inner loop of the beltway, watch for crash. eastbound 140, route 91, watch for an accident in finksburg. prior to 395, taking up the left lane. southbound delays at the bw parkway. 95 and 395, showing the northbound accident off to the left shoulder. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> at least the weather is nice and quiet. 50 at the airport, 49 in jarrettsville. it a bit of rain across the line here. slight chance for a rain shower in the forecast. otherwise, a mixture of sunshine and clouds. later on today, we will hit 80 tomorrow. winds will shift to the east, winds will shift to the east, as a pastor, my support for question 6 is rooted in my belief that the government should treat everyone equally. i would not want someone denying my rights based upon their religious views, therefore i should not deny others based upon mine. it's about fairness. this law does not force any church to perform a same sex marriage if it's against their beliefs. and that's what this is about. protecting religious freedom and protecting all marylanders equally under the law. join me in voting for question 6. >>> here's a question for you. would you ever post a picture of yourself like this online? well, a brave young college student here in new york city did, and she did it to draw attention to issues of beauty and body image, and in just a couple of days this has been viewed more than 4 million times. along with her biting message to anyone who has a problem with this image. we're going to talk to her just ahead. 7:30 now on a tuesday morning. it's 239rd day of october, 2012. i'm matt lauer alongside savannah guthrie. >> also ahead, can a whale imitate a human voice? one beluga whale, sure sounds like he was trying. sounds like me right before my first cup of coffee in the morning. >> good to know. also the economy is issue number one in the presidential campaign. polling tells us that time and time again, but no matter who wins in two weeks families need some strategies now to make ends meet. we're going to get some very practical advice from jean chats z coming up. speaking the election, we should mention president obama is going to be jay leno's guest tomorrow night on "the tonight show." >> we want to begin this half hour with the fda investigating reports of five deaths potentially linked to highly caffeinated monster energy drinks. nbc's tom costello is with us via skype from san antonio, texas. tom, good morning what. can you tell us. >> reporter: savannah, good morning to you. you may remember back in march we did an investigation on the "today" show looking at the high caffeine energy drinks that are specifically targeted to young people, to high school people, college students, and we talked about a 14-year-old who died last december after going into cardiac arrest, and the official cause of her death was cardiac arrhythmia due to caffein toxicity. well, new as her mother prepared to sue the maker of the drink, monster, the fda is saying that a total of five people may have died over the last three years after drinking monster energy drinks. monster says it's unaware of any fatality anywhere that may have been caused by these drinks, but in the 23 hours before anais' cardiac arrest she had consumed two 24-ounce monster energy drinks, with five times the amount of caffeine that kids should cink at that age and she had an underlying heart ailment called mitral valve prolapse. the doctors said that that should not in any way affect her ability to carry on a normal life, but that was something that was going on at the same time. monster denies the allegations that in any way its drinks contributed to anais' death, but doctors are warning too much caffein, plus energy, the sugar, rather, can in fact start to cause really big problems in kids. last point i want to make sure you understand is that the number of caffeine toxicity reports from emergency rooms around the country has skyrocketed. 1,100 in 2005 to 13,000 in 2009. so doctors are becoming very concerned about caffeine toxicity. back to you. >> tom costello, thank you. >>> madeline fernstrom joins us and joins us from a cardiologist from nyu medical center. good morning. >> good morning. >> there's no causal link, to be clear. the fda has reports of deaths after someone drank these drinks, but they haven't established this causal connection yet. >> they haven't established the direct link, but what we do know is that toxic levels of caffeine can cause pretty dangerous heart rhythm problems. >> in terms of reports to the fda for beverage like this that is consumed one presumes by millions, how significant is that number, five deaths, and then there was another report of a non-fatal heart attack. >> it's a very significant number because we're talking about young people who are drinking these drinks, and any time you put a young person dies it is a concern, you know. they mentioned that she had a heart valve problem. that probably didn't play a role in her death, but in fact having toxic doses of caffeine can cause chaotic heart rhythm that lead to sudden death. other symptoms of caffeine overdose are abdominal pain, severe cramping and tremors. >> and madeline, do these companies have to label how much caffeine, and how much would you have to drink to get to that point of caffeine toxicity, as the doctor says? >> first you have to remember caffeine is found in nature. no regulation in terms of what you put on the can. would it be a good idea to have a 24-ounce can with 240 milligrams? that's a cup and a half of coffee, so when you look at it like that, you're saying at one time, is that a lot? it's a moderate amount. 300 milligrams, two cups of coffee, maybe one large energy drink in a day is what's recommended but there susceptible people, very young, very old, have heart conditions. if you take certain medications you have to be aware so you have to look for information so it would always be a good idea. >> thank you both for your perspective. now we want to get a check of the weather from al. >> all right. thank you so much, savannah. as we show you what's going on. big changes temperature-wise coming up. we've got the jet stream dipping way to the south in the western part of the country. inner level ridge in parts of the east and that means warmer than usual temperatures. memberies in ten degrees above normal and chicago 73 degrees. look at boise, 49 and reno 49, almost 20 degrees below >> good morning. it will turn out to be a nice day. high temperatures into the upper 70's. just a 20% chance for a >> and that's your latest weather. matt? >> all right. al. thank you very much. the trial of douglas kennedy, son of the late robert kennedy, is now under way. he's charged with child endangerment and harassment following an incident at a hospital involving his newborn son. nbc's andrea canning is in mount kisco, new york, with more on this trial. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, matt. back in january douglas kennedy said he wanted to take his newborn baby boy out for some fresh air at the hospital, but two nurses tried to stop him, and things got heated. monday here in court his attorney, he said that those nurses acted abracively and that his client was simply acting on instinct when he kicked one of them. a confident douglas kennedy arriving to court monday with his wife molly by his side. >> feeling ready for this to start, and i thank you very much and hopefully everything will turn out okay. >> reporter: kennedy is fighting the charges from a january scuffle all caught on surveillance video. two nurses say kennedy became violent after they tried to stop him from taking his two-day-old son out of the hospital without permission. things only escalated when a code pink and a code purple were declared indicating a missing baby and a dangerous person inside the hospital. on the witness stand monday the "new york times" reports nurse anna lane wiped away tears while describing how kennedy allegedly twisted her arm from the doorknob she was guarding, but under defense cross-examination lane acknowledged hiring a personal injury lawyer shortly after the altercation but says she wasn't seeking money, just a public apology, according to reports. the defense also questioned lane's motivation for speaking out to nbc news about the alleged assault back in march. >> to be assaulted because you're protecting the best interests of a baby, that's not okay. i was doing my job. >> reporter: kennedy, the son of the late robert kennedy and a fox news reporter has pled not guilty to the charges of endangering the welfare of a child and harassing nurses. >> it's been very difficult for douglas and his family. >> reporter: in opening statements monday, kennedy's attorney argued the hospital had no policy banning fathers from taking their babies outside, and when kennedy, a father of five, kicked a nurse, he was acting out of instinct as a parent. legal expert karen de soto. >> the defense is mainly going to say it was a spontaneous act, that he was merely trying to protect his child and, therefore, it doesn't rise to the criminal charge of endangering the welfare of a child. >> reporter: in april douglas kennedy defended his actions publicly. >> it is okay for a father to hold his son in his arms, and it is okay for a father to want to be with his newborn baby. >> reporter: today in court more nurses are expected to testify. if douglas kennedy is convicted, he could face a fine or even up to a year in jail, and, matt, this trial is expected to last throughout the week. >> all right, andrea canning. andrea, thank you very much. >>> coming up next, you tell us it's the number one issue in the economy. we'll talk about it and get some real advice on how you can save money. >>> and is this whale talking? we'll hear from him, but first these messages. look i made a face. awesome. why don't we make a pumpkin. what do pumpkins look like? what's... like this. you're my pumpkin! what do you think? i made a bat. 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they have never done a morning show performance live so we will have them here. the crowd will be huge. meantime our crowd is saying hello on this tuesday morning. >> i'm not sure steven tyler has ever been up that early. >> maybe will just stay up late. >> right, exactly. >> you know what else is happening, "law & orderer svu," a lot of crime-solving. got the cast live in our studio this morning. there they are, mariska and the gang. already a headline ripping the headlines a moment ago. >> almost had to put a chalk outline around richard belzer. everybody is okay. nobody got hurt. an interview with them. needless to say belzer was at the center of it. >> the facts do it every time. >> slippery floors around here. >>> also ahead. imagine posting a photo of yourself in your underwear online? i know. >> again. >> how many times has that happened to you? well, you know what, this young woman decided to do that. it was really a commentary. she said she was tired of being picked on about her weight and she wanted to challenge opinions about beauty and size. the response has been overwhelming, and we'll talk to that young lady coming up >> you know, that's brad pitt chanel commercials are the gift that just keep on giving. we've got a fantastic spoof coming up. >> we chase after it. training disappears. >> the question is who is going to be laughing christmastime? are they going to sell record amounts or numbers of that perfume? >> getting a lot of free publicity. >> that's for sure. >> let's go inside. natalie is standing by with all the headlines. natalie, good morning. >> good morning, matt, savannah and al. good morning, everyone. president obama and mitt rom launch a two-week blitz of swing states following last night's third and final debate. both candidates turned down the verbal attacks of their previous debate. republican romney did criticize the president's foreign policy record in the middle east, and the president accused romney of refusing to support government help for the u.s. auto industry. meantime, today, president obama campaigns in florida and ohio, while romney heads west to nevada and colorado. >>> an autopsy report concludes that the death of "top gun" director tony scott was a suicide. it says scott suffered blunt force injuries and drowned when he jumped from a bridge into los angeles harbor two months ago. there had been some media reports that the 68-year-old scott had a brain tumor, but the los angeles coroner says scott did not have cancer or any other underlying condition. now let's head to wall street where cnbc's courtney reagan can tell us what will be moving the markets today. good morning to you, courtney. >> reporter: good morning to you, natalie. stocks could be under early pressure today after a late-day rally on monday saw the dow erase a triple-digit loss for the first time in three months, thanks widely to the tech sector, and tech again today will be a market focus. facebook reports its second earnings report as a publicly traded company. traders will be reacting to earnings reports from after the bell monday from the likes of yahoo! texas instruments and western digital, and apple, widely expected to release a new smaller ipad mini. natalie? >> courtney reagan at the new york stock exchange, thanks. as courtney mentioned, apple is expected to unveil its new ipad mini at a pre-scheduled event this afternoon. tech bloggers and analysts expect it will be about half the size with 57.8-inch screen and much cheaper than the regular ipad, making it more competitive with other smaller tablets, like amazon's kindle fire. >>> a man who claims he was once britney spears manager is set to take the stand today in his defamation suit against spears' parents. sam luftke is seeking a share of the superstars efortune. on monday a recording executive testified that he was gopher, not a manager. spears' mother has portrayed him as a controlling figure who gave her daughter drugs. >>> now for a look at what is trending today. our quick roundup of what has you talking online. disney is defending its newest princess against a royal backlash online. it started when a producer described sophia as disney's first latina princess. while critics then said the character didn't look latina enough. well, now, a disney official says all our characters come from fantasy lands that may reflect elements of various cultures and ethnicities. i guess case closed. >>> humans aren't the only ones spoofing the new channel number 5 commercials reflecting a rambling brad pitt. >> wherever i fetch, there you are. my wag, my treat, my belly rub. kennel number 5. >> the pet collective describes kennel number 5 is the timeless scent for the classically adorable dog. >>> and anything for a good cause. george clooney, a good sport, when he sang this duet with neil diamond at saturday's carousel of hope charitiy ball in beverly hills. take a listen. ♪ so good, so good ♪ so good, so good ♪ and i've been inclined >> oh, oh, oh ♪ >> i think al roker set the standard for "sweet caroline" duets here on the plaza. ♪ >> all right. i've been replaced right here now. that's terrible. ♪ warm, touching warm reaching out ♪ >> we've got it. ♪ touching me, touching you >> here we go, now, everybody. ♪ sweet caroline >> can't help but sing along. let's go back outside. al roker, come on. >> so good, so good, so good! >> i love it how nobody knows the words until touching you, buh, buh, buh. all righty, mr. roker. >> there's the store bet religious local bread. god our friends here from brookline. who is retired? >> joy. >> joy. >> all right! >> what did you retire from? >> verizon. >> verizon. >> all right. well, can you hear me now? >> well, happy retirement, joy. let's see what we've got weather-wise for you. we've got the latest on tropical storm sandy. 325 miles south southwest of kingston, jamaica. 45-mile-per-hour winds and it's moving north at about three miles per hour. it will come across jamaica sometime as a hurricane early thursday morning and then right into the weekend. that's what's going on across >> good morning. the mild weather will continue. high temperatures all the way into the upper 70's. >> and that's your latest weather. >> mr. roker, thank you. when we come back, the overwhelming response to this young lady who posted a picture of herself online and said this is my body. deal with it. we'll meet her life right after these messages. right here at table 19, a secret crush turned out to be a mutual attraction. the westgate cousins went old school to decide who pays the check. a local book club raved about the cliffhangers in the new crime novel. and some bff's from college joked about looking up old flames on facebook. all over delicious entrees like new santa cruz steak from our $20 dinner for two. chili's -- more life happens here. if you think occasional irregulathink twice.ig deal, with occasional irregularity, things your body doesn't use could be lingering in your system. but activia has been shown in clinical studies to help with slow intestinal transit when consumed 3 times per day. 7 out of 10 doctors recommend activia. and the great taste is recommended by me! ♪ activia and try new activia light. 60 calories and the only leading light yogurt with no added sugar. boring. boring. 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>> well, i didn't expect the world to see it, so this has definitely been a whirlwind couple of days, but way i saw it was that, you know, every single day i'm bombarded, especially living in new york city, with images of naked women or half-naked women, and they all look the same. they all have the same kind of body type, and somehow that's okay, but, you know, god forbid we put someone like me, who is a size 12 on the billboards. >> let me bring brandon into this. you didn't know so much people would see it and that's partly how all this happened. brandon, you have a website called humans of new york. you take pictures of people on the street. you ran into stella and then what happened? >> well, i ran into her. she approached me while i was taking a photo of somebody else. i stop people in the streets all day and i take photos of them, and i took her photograph, and as i normally do with my blog, i'll take a photo of somebody and then i'll start asking questions, and so she started telling me about her blog and, you know, her interests, and she told me about this picture that she put up, and then when i got home she kind of e-mailed me, you know, a full bio along with a link to the picture and i looked at this, and i think that this is something that's going to resonate with my audience. >> stella, you didn't know he would post the underwear pictures. you cried when you first saw that he had done that. >> right. well, i don't want people to get the wrong idea that he somehow did this without my permission. i shared the information with him openly. it was on the internet. >> it had been shared about 80,000 times on tumbler already. >> shared 80,000 times on tumbler already, so i think the reason i cried was because it was so amazing, you know. i got an outpouring of love, like pretty much instantly, but it was also extremely overwhelming because i made myself so vulnerable on the internet. it's a one-way conversation with people. >> people have been incredibly supportive, more supportive than not, but peoe can be cruel, and you know that very well. did you ever think, what, gosh, why did i do this and open myself up to it? >> i did think that, but i think that, you know, people being cruel, it doesn't really get to me because i have to remind myself i have a real life and i have real people who support me. you know, i think people are cruel because they are uncomfortable with seeing images of someone who, you know, is not thin, and they also don't understand what the body acceptance movement is. it's not to promote being unhealthy. it's not to promote anything like that. it's to take await stigma of overweight people in america because, you know, a lot of us are, and -- and that's all right. it doesn't mean that you can look at someone and know what is wrong with their health. >> well, you've go the a lot of people talking. brandon and stella, thanks for coming by and telling your story. appreciate it. >> thank you. >> coming up the cast of "law & order svu" on their impressive milestone right after this. 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>> or the wife wants to make him look bad. >> nothing is fair in love and war. >> does want to make him look bad. got a point of saying he got there at 11:00 today, two hours late. >> 11:00, the train didn't leave until 12:15. >> did david tell you he stopped anywhere? >> no, and i asked. >> the "svu" cast is with us, ice-t, marisa hargitay and great to have you all here. when this show went on the air, we were worried about y-2-k virus, britney spears was singing "one more time," what a gift. 300 episodes. what a gift. >> it's not the thing that we look younger. at least for me i always look 60, that's how it works. >> when you think about shows that come on the air and go off the air in two, three weeks these days, what does it mean as an actor to have something like this on your resume? >> well, it's a dream for an actor to have the same job for more than one season let alone 14, and what we're blessed with is we all get along. that may sound corny, but we have literally become a family, and danny and kelly have just joined the show in the last couple of years, must have set some kind of record in fitting in with our group because we have catch phrases in our in jokes. are we supposed to not talk while this is going on? >> you're supposed to watch and add mire your own work. quiet. look at belzer and how he moves his -- anyway, these guys are great. just delirious we're on 14 years with great new actors. >> how many shows have you played? >> 11. >> this year i tie matt dillon as james or necessary on "gunsmoke" for 20 years. i've played this for 20 years so i don't want to say i'm old. >> that's a good achievement. >> going into my 18th year in the "law & order" brand which i believe is now the longest running character. >> let me ask you about that because let's talk about this. the cliffhanger last year, so your character finds a dead escort in bed? >> yeah. >> yeah, i know. >> ripped from the headlines. >> what's up with that? >> leave my private life out of this. >> this was, well, we kind of worked that out. you know, it was a setup. >> okay. >> but it -- it always puts a crimp in your evening to wake up with a dead hooker in the bed. >> one of the producers was interviewed recently saying they are trying to push you guys out of your comfort zone in this 14th season. does that make sense to you? >> it does. one of the things about the show being such a marker of the 300th episode, the most interesting thing about it after 14 years the show is completely reig rated, and it feels to us, who have been here, fresh, and like a new show, and that's pretty exciting. instead of it being tired and you're done and i've done this a million times, it feels truly like a new show, and it's -- you know, danny and kelly have infused the show with such incredible new energy and warren light has completely brought a different spin to it >> exactly. >> again, really pushing us to our limits which is really exciting to play to. >> a lot of fans out there. let's do a lot of trivia. just take a beat before you answer, give folks at home a chance to answer. which of your characters has been shot. now raise your hand? >> yeah. >> just the two of you. >> i thought you'd all been shot at one time or another. >> are you talking about television or real life? >> all right. >> what type of needle did you -- >> no, no. >> which of your characters would be in a stable relationship? which would or are right now? >> none. >> or have been? >> no one. >> on the show. >> the true answer is none. >> that's right. >> and last one, how many romantic interests has delinquent difficult olivia benson had over the years? >> aside from us? >> how many. >> anybody at home? >> got to be about six. >> come on. >> 15 seconds? >> four, eight? >> more. >> six. >> seven is the correct answer, sir. >> when you ask the question how many episodes, check it out this week, guys. great to have you here. congratulations. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. let's get a final check on the morning commute with sarah caldwell. >> we are still dealing with problems out there. falls road shutdown between copper road and old pimlico road. it is in the process of being cleared. j.f.x. with delays on the beltway towards 28th street. southbound 83 from approaching shawan road down towards the beltway, and earlier accident causing those delays. 15 miles per hour there. south of the harford county line, once you get on to the beltway on the north side, but towards dulaney valley, watch for delays. prince crossing road, watch for an accident in severn. right at the overpass, heading towards the 895 split, and we will switch over to a live view of padonia road, where traffic is still crawling towards the beltway. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> we are off to a quiet start weather-wise. 55 in westminster. there is a little bit of rain across the pennsylvania line. if you are watching us across the northern suburbs, a brief passing shower as the warm air comes in. 75 and 80 later on this afternoon and a partly cloudy skies. once they will hit 80, but it will cool off on thursday and friday. >> we are back with another update at 8:56. teacher: this is west virginia, pennsylvania, delaware. and this is maryland. every year marylanders spend five hundred and fifty million gaming at casinos in these other states. question seven will build a new casino and bring table games to baltimore... generating hundreds of millions for schools. and that money has to go to education. it's the law. so vote for question seven. so we can stop spending all that money here, and keep maryland money in classrooms like mine. >>> we're back now. 8:30 on a tuesday morning. it's the 23rd day of october, 2012. it's a great start to the day here in new york city. bright blue skies, but you know what? that sky is going to give way to some clouds later today. some rain in our future. doesn't matter. we're going to have a good time. i'm matt lauer along with savannah guthrie and al roker and natalie morales. coming up in the studio, one of the most prolific authors of all time. >> john grisham out with his 30th book, can you believe, that an action-packed legal thriller with a twist and we'll talk to him about some of his other favorite novels. >> and one of our favorite singers is in the house, mr. tony bennett, the legend first hit the charts back in 1951. well, he is out with a new album, and this one has a little bit of a latin flair to it, so looking forward to that. >> sounds great. don't forget our annual halloween extravaganza. did you know it's just eight days away? >> no. >> i couldn't believe that. >> so if you're coming down to the plaza, better get going on that costume. we're going to crown a winner, as we always do, and, of course, we all will be getting dressed up as well, so be sure to join us for all the fun next wednesday here on "today." >> i have a fitting today. costume fitting. >> interesting fitting. could be interesting. >> mr. roker, how about a check of the weather? >> let's see what we've got for you starting with today. we are looking at snow out back through the rockies, the cascades and inner mountain range. rain throughout the great lakes. that shower activity moves into the northeast later today. rain along the pacific northwest coast. southern skies will have plenty of sunshine as they will tomorrow. risk of some strong storms through the upper mississippi river valley. rain lasts into tomorrow morning here in the northeast, and we've got mountain snows again back tomorrow throughout the inner mountain region, the >> good morning. it will turn out to be a nice day. high temperatures into the upper 70's. just a 20% chance for a >> any time you need that weather, can you always check out the weather channel on cable or weather.com online. >> good advice. >>> when we come back, what your birth order might tell you about your parenting skills, and we'll have a live performance from the one and only tony bennett, but first this is tase tase on nbc. >>> back now at 8:35 with our special series "the new normal" where we take a closer look at the changing american family. this morning we follow along as one writer takes to the stage to tell his story in his own words. >> after five loving fulfilling years with my boyfriend drew, i suddenly found myself online looking to meet a woman. to become dads we needed an egg donor, and finding one wasn't going to be easy. it was hard to imagine any of these women contributing half of our child's dna and then most likely disappearing forever. am i picking a woman because she's pretty? am i picking her because she helps, you know, kids after school? how can you tell who the perfect person is? >> you feel like you want to make the right decision, and it feels like it's very loaded. >> that's what when suzy called. >> i told him i don't know where you are in this sequence or if you're interested, but keep me in mind because i'm -- i want you to have everything. >> suzy was everything an egg donor should be, kind, beautiful, smart, a gifted artist and at 28 she was practically at the peak of her fertility. she was also drew's little sister. >> i thought i could give them the happiness and joy that we always had as kids. >> we knew having a baby this way could be messy, but drew and i grew up in a time when coming out meant putting an end to your dreams of fatherhood, but now we can picture having a baby with a little bit of both of us. we decided to go for it. unfortunately, mother nature had other plans. >> most women susie's age would produce dozens of healthy eggs. when she went in to have her eggs harvested, drew and i were in the waiting room, and the doctor came out and he was kind of shaking his head, and we knew right away it was bad news. it turns out she had only produced seven eggs. of those two failed to fertilize. the doctor warned us that if our surrogate couldn't get pregnant with susie's eggs it was highly unlikely that susie ever could either. the outlook was bad for us, crushing for susie. this could be her only chance at having a baby, a baby that would be ours, not hers. >> at that point i realized things don't happen the way you necessarily plan, and you just kind of go with it. if i don't have my own kids, i know my brother, if this worked out for them, would have that. >> just before christmas the nurse called from the fertility doctor's office. jerry, she squealed, i have some exciting news! a few weeks later we had our first ultrasound appointment with our surrogate. >> we couldn't believe that we were potentially going to be parents, and the doctor walked in and started examining the surrogate and said, yeah, the two embryos are there and i said we're what? >> from the grainy soup of the sonogram monitor two distinct peanut shapes emerged, twins. >> pretty loosy goosey. >> she gave the chance for jerry and i have to equal parts in our children, and i think she gave us the chance to have a life that we never thought we could have. >> now thanks to susie there are two tiny people running around our house. i see a little bit of each of us in them, my nose, susie's eyes, drew's chin. they fight and cry and laugh and sing. they cost a fortune. they are ours. we don't consider sues' mother to our kids, but she's a very special aunt, and we know some day our kids will fully appreciate the amazing gift she's given us. >> a little over a year ago susie came to us and told us she had some big news. >> my surprise little miracle. >> good girl. >> when they tell you that you can't have and then all of a sudden when you're not planning and things definitely aren't going that way, surprise. >> oh, very nice. >> families aren't made by a mold. they are made by people who love each other. sometimes they look weird to outsiders. our family has no mom. maybe yours lives in a winnebago or has a reality show on e. nobody's perfect, but even though we can't always give our kids everything we want them to, have we do our best. >> things happen. miracle happens. life happens, and we're lucky. >> sometimes i'll see people looking at us funny, maybe doing a double take or muttering under their breath. it takes me a minute to remember oh, yeah, they are not used to seeing families like mine. >> down the block. >> may not be a typical family, and we're not perfect either, but to me we're perfectly norm a. i guess you could say we're the new normal. [ applause ] >> you can find more of jerry mahoney's log on our website and thanks for taking part in the open mike. up next, john grisham talks about his new legal thriller, wooohooo....hahaahahaha! oh...there you go. wooohooo....hahaahahaha! i'm gonna stand up to her! no you're not. i know. you know ronny folks who save hundreds of dollars switching to geico sure are happy. how happy are they jimmy? happier than a witch in a broom factory. get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. >>> john grisham made his first appearance on the "today" show back in 1919 for his second novel "the firm." 21 years later he's become one of the most successful authors of his generation. now his 30th back, an action-packed thriller called "the racketier." welcome back. >> looked so young. 21 years ago. >> everyone looked young back then. 30th book, and this is the first time that your main character in a book is an african-american, so i say congratulations, or what took you so long? >> what took so long, i guess. >> how was it writing this? >> i didn't think of him as being black or white. he's a character, a lawyer in trouble, a lawyer in prison. it was a little bit of a challenge, you know, because it was a lot different, but once i got into the story and the plot it was a pretty easy story to tell. >> when we first meet malcolm bannister he's in prison. >> right, right. >> serving a ten-year term, white collar crime. throughout the entire thing he said i shouldn't be here. don't belong here. this is a theme you like to dig your teeth into, the guys who either shouldn't be in prison for legal reasons or the priorities being screwed up in our legal system. >> well, we have far too many people in prison, non-violent people who shouldn't be there. we have the highest incarceration rate in the civilized world. no one else is even close, and it costs 40,000 a year to incars rate an inmate, and 8,000 bucks a year to educate a kid. we've lost all sense of perspective when it comes to incarceration. i'm not talking about violent criminals. they belong and get what they deserve, but we have a lot of non-violent people in prison that shouldn't be there. >> this story snowballs and really starts to gain momentum when a federal judge is killed. >> yeah. >> here's your main character malcolm, and he uses something called rule 35 that a lot of people haven't heard of. tell me about rule 35. >> every federal inmate knows about rule 35. if you are in prison and can help the authorities solve a crime that they really want to solve, you know something from the outside, can you basically cut a deal. >> it's a get out of free card. >> get out of jail free. you may have to go back and testify against this person, drug cases, mob cases, stuff like that, but if you can solve a high-profile crime from inside a prison you can get out. >> to get to know white collar crime a little better, you studied it, as you do for all your books. you went to prison and actually interviewed some lawyers who were serving time. what was the experience like? what did you learn from those conversations in. >> well, i've done that with several books. this time i real he to go back and do the research and talk to some guys in prison. well, first of all, just the nature of prison, daily life, how you survive, how you, you know, you take a very powerful rich lawyer and you put him in prison for six, seven years, whatever. that's -- that's some pretty rich material. you talk to the guy about what it's like to lose everything and be incarcerated, you know, you're ostracized and lose your license to practice law. >> no control over your own destiny myomore. >> very little, and these guys are broken men, obviously. they are in prison. it's fascinating research. >> 30 books. how do you keep reinventing the wheel or do you even try? >> read the headlines. it's given to me every day. i mean, we -- we have so many great cases in this country. we have such a fascination with the law, lawsuits, trials, there's always another story. >> you're as big a consumer as you are an author? >> sure. i'm always looking. >> let me do this. when you come on the website lights up, people always have questions for you, and some of these you've heard and have probably answered before. let me get into a couple. this is from roamsy in salem, oregon. i'm sure you get this a lot. do you ever plan to write any sequels to your books? >> i've never planned on it until now, and i'm giving serious thought to writing a sequel to "a time to kill." >> why now? >> well, because it lends itself to a sequel. can you go back and visit jake, our hero in "a time to kill" and tell all the stories from small time mississippi. that was the life i lived for ten years, and i'm very familiar with it. over the years i've been waiting for the great story, some other trial jake could have, a couple years after the trial in "a time to kill." >> have you come across it in. >> finally got the story. >> by the way the rumor is that story is also coming to broadway, true or false? >> it's true. >> when is that happening? >> casting "a time to kill" now and plan to open on broadway, plan to, in 2013. >> all right. this one is another one. this is from andover, massachusetts, gary says out of all of your books which one is your personal favorite, and what's your all-time favorite book by a different author? >> i'm partial to my first book, "time to kill" because it -- it's very personal. it's become the most popular of all books. books by other people, i don't know. there's so many i like. i go back to the "grapes of wrath" by john steinbeck is a book i still read periodically. read it in high school. i'm not saying it inspired me to write, but i remember thinking i sure wish i could write as clearly as john steinbeck. i love the story. >> well, you've put out some amazing material. 30 books. this one is called "the racketier." >> stephen king has written 48. trying to catch him. >> don't be jealous. >> so far ahead of me. >> you're doing well. >> my pleasure. >> and the book again is "the racketeer." out today. >>> up next, a live performance from the legendary tony bennett, but first, this is "today" on nbc. i've always been lucky. flew 37 bombing missions over germany. made it home every time. i'm lucky to have good friends who are all still around, and we're all lucky to have a friend named ben. ben's protected our medicare and veterans' benefits. and he's helping my 13 grandchildren afford college. he's my friend, ben. i hope he's your friend, too. i'm ben cardin, and i'm honored to approve this message. >>> tony bennett is an entertainment icon, the winner of 17 grammy awards and still going strong. his latest album is called "viva duet." it's bennett's third duet-themed project, this time featuring top latin recording artists, and he with us now along with talia who appears on the album. good morning to both of you. tony bennett, latin music. whose idea was it to put these two things together? >> my son danny is my manager, and he came up with the premise of duets, and it's phenomenal. it sells internationally all over the world. >> did you like this kind of music before? did you think your music would translate to it well? >> well, the minute i heard the artists on this album, a revelation to me that to me it's real music, you know. they are playing. they all sing right from the heart, and they mean it, and it's the kind of music that lasts. it's not obsolescence. >> you have great artists, christina aguilera, marc anthony, cheyenne and, of course, talia who we'll hear from in a moment. you're very well known as a recording artist. some people remember you from the soaps back in the 1990s. what was it like to work with tony benet? >> such an honor. i'm a big fan. >> thank you. >> such a legend, and, of course, he reinvents himself every time. it's a surprise. he sings better than ever, and he's here singing with all of this great latin singers, thank you for doing this for all of us. >> thank you. you sick beautiful. >> and before i let you sing, is i want to ask you about a documentary your son is producing called "the zen of bennett." what will we learn about you? >> it's basically the philosophy of how i feel about life and how beautiful it is to just be alive and -- and that's what it's all about. >> all right. well, renowned singer and painter tony bennett and talia. we'll let you take it away. >> thank you. >> thank you. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ but you're lovely with your smile so warm ♪ ♪ and your cheeks so soft ♪ there is nothing for me but to love you ♪ ♪ just the way you look tonight ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ and that laugh that wrinkles your nose ♪ ♪ it touches my foolish heart ♪ lovely, never, never change ♪ keep that breathless charm ♪ won't you please arrange it ♪ because i love you ♪ just the way you look tonight ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ love me, never, never change ♪ keep that breathless song ♪ won't you please arrange it ♪ because i love you ♪ just the way you look tonight ♪ ♪ just the way you look tonight ♪ [ applause ] >> a beautiful song like we've never heard it before. how's your spanish? >> thank you. the album called "viva duets." we're back after this. >> thank you. >> this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. three suspects in connection with the shooting in woodlawn are being held without bail this morning. they each case attempted first- degree murder and first-degree assault charges. the man targeted the victim early sunday morning. we >> overall it will be a nice day. for those of you in the northern suburbs, a passing train shower or sprinkle. it will be close to 80 degrees on wednesday. on wednesday. >> we are back with anoth as a pastor, my support for question 6 is rooted in my belief that the government should treat everyone equally. i wouldn't want someone denying my rights based upon their religious views, so i shouldn't deny others based upon mine. it's about fairness. i support this law because it doesn't force any church to perform a same sex marriage if it's against their beliefs. and that's what this is about. protecting religious freedom
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for thehite house in the final stretch. president obama and mitt romney crisscross the country, hitting key battleground states. but, will sandy put a damper on their campaigning? >>> and he's bringing sorry back just a week after he said i do, justin timberlake is saying i apologize to his fans. we'll tell you why "today," saturday, october 27th, 2012. >>> good morning, welcome to "today" on a saturday morning. i'm lester holt. >> and i'm andrea canning. so happy to be here. >> you brought your umbrella, boots and maybe a boat? >> it is a big weekend. i love how you told me you're going to be living on granola bar for the next couple of days. >> i'm going to be in the middle of it. it's going to be a bad one. >> all eyes on tropical storm sandy this morning as it slowly makes its way up the east coast. >> it was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm this morning. right now it's packing topped sustained winds of about 70 miles per hour. just below hurricane strength. but experts say it could become a hurricane again. >> here's the latest. five states and the district of columbia have declared states of emergency. millions of people in the path of the storm are being urged to stock up on supplies. >> here's why this is so frightening. it's expected to combine the elements of a typical tropical cyclone and a winter storm moving across from the west, giving it the potential to be quite devastating. widespread power outages and flooding are expected across huge areas. we're going to get the latest on when it's set to make landfall from al roker. >> and then we'll switch gears and look at the new details that are emerging about the emotional state of the new york city nanny accused of killing two of the children in her care. >> plus some important new information this morning about women and smoking. a new study contains some scinating new evidence about the damage it causes, and the benefits of quitting. >> and later on, it seems even death hasn't stopped some top celebrities from earning millions of dollars this year. forbes is out with its annual list of the top names for you this year. may surprise you a little bit. >> a lot to get to. let's start with tropical storm sandy. al roker is tracking the storm from rehoboth beach, delaware. al, good morning. >> well, good morning, lester. it's a beautiful morning starting off here in the beach. lots of folks out on the beach checking out the, the surf that's starting to get a little angrier. but again, no sign of the, the devastation that, that we're expecting from sandy. in fact, earlier, it has caused already at least 40 deaths through the caribbean, and now it's making a march toward the east. here's the latest on the system. right now, it is 350 miles southeast of charleston, south carolina. 70-mile-per-hour winds. it's moving north/northeast at 10 miles per hour. tropical force winds extend out some 450 miles from the center of this storm. right now, we do have tropical storm warnings in effect for the northwestern bahamas, also for parts of the florida coast. we're also looking at tropical storm watches and warnings along the carolina coast. we've got tropical storm warnings from the south santee river up to cape hatteras and duck and we're going to continue to see these warnings and watches issued as the day goes on. looking for storm surge out of this thing first of all for the carolinas. anywhere from three to five feet as you get to norfolk and the hampton bays area, about one to three feet. rainfall going to be a big problem out of this system, too. over the next 24 hours, from norfolk down to charleston, we could see anywhere from 4 to 8 inches of rain. now let's look at the path of this system. right now, we expect it to regain strength later today, on into late tonight, and become a category 1 storm. it will continue to parallel the coast by sunday morning. by sunday afternoon, it's along the coast of cape hatteras, and then it gets ready to make a turn and come inland, and make its way in to the northeast somewhere. somewhere around -- anywhere from new jersey to long island. now, why is it going to do this? this is really unusual. well, we have the steering currents in the upper atmosphere. the jet stream, in a deep trough digging down. and as that trough starts to what we call negatively tilt, it is going to pull sandy closer in to the eastern seaboard. and that's where the trouble is going to begin. here's the other problem. the model, we look at these models. we look at the national hurricane center's path. we also look at the american computer model and the european computer model. the european is in the blue. look at as it makes its way during the day along the coast, the european model brings it in to new jersey. the american model brings it right in to about new york city. either one is going to be bad for the northeast. but, if it makes its way just south of new york, new york, one of the most populated areas in this country, if not the world, we're talking about a major storm surge, and devastating winds, we're talking about winds, hurricane force winds, and anywhere from 6 to 10 inches, 12 inches of rain. the effects of this, lester, could be devastating. we'll continue to track this. >> that's quite a picture you paint there, al. dialin' dryer is going to have the rest of the nation's forecast coming up in a few minutes. first here's andrea. >> thanks, lester. tropical storm sandy has already affected the race for the white house. governor mitt romney and joe biden each canceled planned appearances in virginia. ron mott is in ohio with paul ryan. >> andrea, good morning to you. as you mention all eyes on sandy, including these two presidential campaigns. more on that in just a moment. first over the next ten days expect to see the president and governor romney hit these battleground states hard. including ohio. perhaps the most critical of them all. it could ultimately decide who wins this race. yesterday governor romney health two events in the buckeye state including a rousing rally with paul ryan last night in north canton, ohio. the campaign says about 8,000 people showed up for that event, braving some pretty brisk temperatures outside last night. now he still has some work to do here. the latest cnn poll has the president up 50 to 46. four points. that's about half of what the lead was just a few weeks ago. governor romney has tipped into that lead but he still has some ways to go. as far as the president, he just wrapped up a 5,000 mile plus barnstorming tour through the battleground state. on friday he took the day off the trail. spent time doing interviews on the radio and television, including mtv. he's trying to court that young vote that helped him win the white house four years ago. back to sandy, a lot of eyes as you mentioned. they have canceled events in virginia and new hampshire. the president campaigns in new hampshire today. governor romney heads off to florida. back to you, andrea. >> ron mott, thanks. and morning joe's joe scarborough and mika brzezinski are here with the look at moll ticks. and our weekend mo joe. >> thank you so much. >> president obama, he's made history by voting for the first time early voting. >> right. >> do you think that's going to play a big role seeing that very strategic photo-op of the president voting early? >> early voting, obviously, very important. mika and i were talking about this earlier. i mean the polls break in a big way on early voting for the president. >> yeah. the engagement there, so far, appears to be for the president. but there are no other polls that you look at, in terms of the direction of the country and the economy, that you see mitt romney closing in. you see this thing heating up and you get to a point where i'm not sure there's anyone who actually really knows, has a gut, has an absolute instinct as to what's going to happen. >> the tale of two campaigns, read dickens. it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. i could show you ten polls. you look at those polls, you think there is no way barack obama's going to win. i could show you ten other polls and you'd say, mitt romney is sunk. >> an associated press poll now has him up, what is it 49 to 45. with women. do you think that maybe stemmed from the debate? he was a little more moderate in the debate? how is he picking up these female voters right now? >> i have no idea. >> you're asking the wrong person. >> i have no idea. and these debates over abortion and these republican candidates who are just stepping in it on those issues, i think terrible timing for your party. at the same time, the polls show that mitt romney is actually gaining support among women. >> in a big way. >> i also think, overall, it's still a kind of convoluted enough where each side, i can see, the positive that i want to see, and why i think obama will win. and he could probably see the other side. >> this is such a tight race. what do they need to do? what can they do at this point? >> president obama needs to close it. the past four years, he needs to be proud of his accomplishments. he needs to make sure that he makes very clear what he's done, and also for critics like joe, what he intends to do. i think a lot of us feel like we know what he intends to do it. he needs to say it. fair enough? >> fair enough. it's going to be close in all of these swing states. it's all about the get out the vote message. and the obama team have more contacts on the ground than any other campaign in u.s. history. they've got to use those contacts. they're going to be making phone calls, they're going to be knocking on doors. mitt romney, on the other hand, he doesn't have that ground operation. he subs it out to the rnc. because he hasn't been president for four years. so for romney, i think he's going to be hoping more for this momentum from the first debate, to continue forward and carry him over the finish line. and, it's just -- it's momentum versus the obama ground game, and nobody, and i mean nobody alive knows how this thing's going to end. >> mika and joe thank you so much for joining us this morning. >> thank you. >> you can catch "morning joe" 6:00 a.m. on msnbc. now let's get the other top stories from tom llamas over at the news desk. >> andrea, good morning. good morning, everyone. there's dispushing news today about that company under investigation in the meningitis outbreak. the food and drug administration said mold and bacteria were found on surfaces inside what were supposed to be sterile rooms at the new england compounding center. and sterilization equipment was covered with a greenish yellow residue. the latest government report has 338 cases of meningitis nationwide, and 25 deaths. >>> senate majority leader harry reid is in good condition this morning after a car accident. reid was in a six-car chain reaction car crash in las vegas friday. the senator suffered some bumps and bruises. he was treated and released from a hospital as were some of his staff members. overseas now, 15-year-old activist malala yousafzai will return to pakistan, her father says. the family has been reunited in a birmingham, england, hospital. malala is expected to recover from gunshot wounds after an assassination attempt in pakistan two weeks ago. back here in the states, lady liberty is getting her crown back in a ground reopening tomorrow morning, weather permitting. time lapse photography shows the year-long construction that will be finished in time for the lady's 126th birthday. visitors will climb a new set of stairs inside a newly air conditioned statue to reach the crown. now back to lester, andrea and dylan. there is a little bit of drama. lady liberty has her new crown, just got a nip and tuck, but she says everyone in new york is talking about this other character sandy and she doesn't know why. >> everyone has plastic surgery these days. dylan dreyer is here with a check of the forecast. >> the rest of the country is dealing with a cold front. a steering current that's going to draw in sandy as we go into monday. you could see we will see some showers across the eastern great lakes. the middle of the country much cooler than normal. temperatures about 10 degrees below average. that's a look at t >> and that's your latest weather. andrea? >>> and now health news. we've known for decades smoking is bad for you. but now the biggest study ever about the risk for smoking for women shows just how important it is to quit. the latest from robert bazell. >> reporter: 28-year-old amanda garcia just joined a program to try to quit her smoke a day smoking pattern. a smoker since age 15. she always thought about quitting. >> i don't think i was ever ready. i always said i'm not doing it until i'm ready. >> reporter: researchers in britain followed one million women now in their 60s and 70s for 12 years. smoking a pack a day starting in their teens, reduced life expectancy by an average of 11 years. tripling the chances of a premature death. a number even higher than the risk for men. >> if you're a smoker for your whole life, the chances that you'll die directly from your smoke rg greater than the chances of dying from everything else put together. >> reporter: the study found that even women who smoked a few cigarettes a day doubled their chances of dying younger. but the nude from the study is not all bad. it reinforces the idea that if you quit, it reduces the risk, and the sooner the better. the research finds that if a woman who starts smoking as a teen quits before age 40, her increased chances of dying drop by 90%. even if a woman stops by age 50, her extra risk drops by 66%. for garcia and others 30 or younger who manage to quick, their excess risk disappears almost completely. garcia's main reason for trying to quit now, her two kids. >> my kids mean everything to me. and i want to be there for them. >> reporter: and she knows she has a far greater chance to be there by kicking the habit. for "today," robert bazell, nbc news, new york. >> and now here's lester. >>> you ever wanted to quit your job in dramatic fashion? greg smith did it. he wrote a "new york times" op ed back in march that rocked the financial world. it was called "why i am leaving goldman sachs." he described in gripping detail what he called the toxic environment at goldman, one that encouraged taking advantage of its clients. his book is now in stores. greg, good morning. thanks for coming on. >> good morning. thanks for having me. >> in the book, you frame the leadership of goldman sachs as having made a choice between profit and reputation. when did they make that swing? >> as your viewers will know, earlier in the decade, there were a lot of things that were deregulated like complicated derivatives. it got to the point where banks saw they could make more money using their client information to bet for themselves as opposed to facilitating for a client business. ultimately by the time i left for firm, three quarters of the money was being made in the training business, as opposed to the original reason for wall street, which is helping companies raise money and merging. it's been a real revenue shift and also a behavior shift where taking advantage of clients has become the norm. >> what you write about are ethics issues, not really legal issues, per se. >> that's the great irony of the crisis. people question why has no one gone to jail for what happened in 2008. the truth is it's actually legal, it's just highly unethical. the idea of ripping off a teacher's retirement fund or selling global charity, or betting against clients. while they're morally, highly dubious, they're actually legal. so what i'm advocating is we actually need to make these things illegal so people will go to jail for these things. >> some of the things you write about are playing both sides of the fence. working a deal on both sides. again, not -- there's no crime here. >> no. and there should be. when one bank is on all sides of a deal and using their client information to bet against them -- i use the example of a casino. if you're a casino and you can see everyone's cards in the casino, are you ever going to lose? probably not. there are some banks that go an entire 90 days in a row and make money every single day and it's purely for this reason, they can see everyone's cards. >> did you want to hurt gold man sacks? >> no, i'm of wall street. i've been on wall street my entire career. there's a group of people that wanted to be more sustainable. this idea of take the money and run is not a very good way for a company to last. >> why write this unless you want to hurt them? and the next follow-up question is did you hurt them? >> i wrote this book because after the op ed, i got thousands of messages from people, and there are two reasons i wrote it. goldman is a very mysterious place. i wrote this book for people who are not on wall street who want to understand what are the good parts and the bad parts. my idea with writing this op ed is to make goldman a better firm, a firm that does not have to settle half a billion lawsuit. >> well, they claim they looked at a lot of your allegations and they released a statement, mr. smith's op-ed portrayed a firm that is unrecognizable to us and directly opposite to the culture we work hard to foster, but we took his claims seriously and conducted a thorough review of them. that review found no evidence to support his claims, but did find that mr. smith appeared to be frustrated about his career. so they say we looked at ourselves, we're clean. >> i would say clients are being called muppets and goldman sachs said we look for the word muppet. calling someone a muppet is not bad in itself. the reason you're calling them a mup set the bad thing. when a police officer's pungs fund is ripped off. i guarantee you, if your viewers read this book, they'll think this behavior is egregious. unfortunately, wall street has become so cynical that these practices are almost accepted. i would say i hope people read the book to get an understanding of what really goes on on wall street. >> you've opened up quite a conversation. greg smith, thanks for being here. the book is called "why i left goldman sachs." once again, here's andrea. >>> lance armstrong has had a very tough couple of weeks, following the release of a scathing report calling him a doper. his seven tour de france victories erased, dropped by sponsors, resigning as head of live strong, and now two women who tried to expose him as a cheater are speaking out. they sat down with harry smith to set the record straight. >> reporter: lance used a number words to describe you over the years. do you remember some of them? >> unhinged. crazy. ugly. fat. obsessed. jealous. hateful. vindictive. but he never called me a liar. he never called me a liar. >> reporter: we met betsy near her hometown in michigan. she was once part of lance armstrong's inner circle. her husband frankie was one of armstrong's teammates and one of his best friends. when you found out lance had cancer, what was your reaction? >> disbelief. it was unbelievable that an athlete so young, somebody in such good shape had cancer. and there was a great sorrow there as well. >> reporter: during one hospital visit, she heard something she knew she could never forget. >> doctors began to ask lance a few banal questions and then boom, have you ever used any performance-enhancing drugs? and lance, holding his iv nonchalantly rattled off yes, steroids, testosterone, growth hormone, epo, cortisone. my eyes popped out of my head. frankie saw that i was upset. and he excused ourselves and we left. >> reporter: lance was deposed in a civil lawsuit. he denied betsy's account of the incident in the hospital room. >> absolutely not. >> okay. . >> it didn't happen. >> reporter: a world away in a village in manchester england lives another woman who knew too much about armstrong. for four years starting before his won his first tour de france, irish born emma o'reilly was with armstrong's racing team, she cooked, washed clothes and gave massages to the exhausted cyclists. one of the things lance has said so often is i've never had a positive drug test, but he did test positive for cortisone at one point. you're in the circle as the conversation is going on as to what to do about it. what did lance say he wanted to do? >> well, what was agreed to do was the obvious thing, the only thing, back date the prescription, so that the prescription tech anily started before the tour started so that he had already been taking cortisone. >> reporter: and people bought it. >> people bought it. there's a certain irony, because he failed the first drug test he took at the prologue, at the start of the first of the seven tour de frances. if people had been looking for the truth and prepared to listen to the truth then, it all could have stopped then. myself and betsy, we were kind of the unattractive face, if that makes sense, because the whole seven-time tour de france winner, that's much, much more attractive to look at than two women saying there's doping, drugs, people are dying. what would you prefer to watch? the cyclists in france, or two women saying there's drugs in cycling? >> reporter: two crazy women. >> two crazy women. >> he also mentioned that emma o'reilly was paid $10,000 for her work on a book detailing her accusations, and we're back in a moment. this is "today" on nbc. >>> still ahead, the war in the store. local retailers fighting back against online stores. >> plus, one family, two generations hit hard by breast cancer. they'll join us live. 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>> we want to say hi to all of our patients and our friends in anderson, california, with hospice of the state, and by two grandsons, alex and dillon. >> squeeze everybody in. >> family, friends, everybody. mostly our patients. they're watching. >> wonderful. good morning to all them. hello out there in south carolina. you know, we are keeping an eye on sandy, of course. but we also have a huge temperature contrast from the way it has been. look at the 30s, the 40s, all working down, even into oklahoma, back into kansas. we are going to see that cooler air hold strong up through the dakotas as well, and across the east coast, we're actually enjoying temperatures in the 50s and 60s. so it's not going to be too cold. but we are watching that cold front produce some showers down into ohio as well. the rest of the >> good morning from the weather center. we have clear skies and not much to talk about. it's because of high pressure in control. we are talking about sunshine and temperature in the 70s and 80s. halloween looks to laufr rain. 81 in santa rosa. 74 in san francisco. the more cast shows that rain does arrive. this weekend looks good with 80s inland. >>> also this weekend, it's saturday. that means tomorrow is sunday. we're look at "sunday night football" night in america. the new orleans sanints taking n the denver broncos. perfect football weather. 49 to 53 degrees. can't beat that. of course, you can always get your forecast, if you can't on tv, online at weather.com. lester? 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backs, the defendant fire department is growing. they represent the largest class the department trained. thanks to anit $8.6 million federal grant, they will boost the number to ax 83236s which is close to 700 the department had in 2008. chad has been waiting siblgs years for the moment. >> the feeling like when you impacted someone's life by potentially saving it is a great feeling that makes the job and the career worth it. >> training for the recruits will start on monday and become full-fledged firefighters next march. the sheriff's office will talk with residents about putting remote control planes in the skies above them. the sheriff's office will set up a display on the system today as part of the urban shield exercise in dublin. this is video of how it works. the officials want to use the system to conduct surveillance. residents are worried about their privacy. the display will be set up at the department of homeland security at 9:30 this morning. election day is 11 day, a way, but the votes are being counted already. they started counting absentee ballots this morning. one million californians already cast their ballot. they expect about a quarter of a million ballot in the county alone. on today in the bay, a hotly contested race and how a candidate is taking to the streets to get his message out. more local news in 30. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >>> still looking at the waves pounding the shore in nags head, north carolina, thanks to the leading edge of what is now tropical storm sandy. the storm is a major threat to portions of the mid atlantic and northeast. it's packing sustained winds of about 70 miles per hour, but it could regain hurricane strength in the coming days as it heads up to our area. welcome back to "today" saturday morning, the 27th day of october, 2012. nice crowd on the plaza stopping by to wave hello to their friends and family back home. our thanks to them for spending part of their saturday with us and we'll join them. meantime, inside studio 1a i'm lester holt. >> i was terrified. >> you on, we're 10 feet above sea level? we're vulnerable. >> they're always trying to scare you, the news, right? >> that's us. >> here's the latest on tropical storm sandy, five states and the district of columbia have declared states of emergency. millions of people in the path of the storm are being urged to stock up on supplies because sandy is such a massive storm, widespread power outages and flooding are expected and we'll get the latest from where it starts to make landfall. >> candidates are criss-crossing the country trying to make their case to voters especially in those crucial battleground states and what are both candidates focusing on during the homestretch? we're live from the campaign trail with more on that. >>> and then the latest on the horrible crime in new york city. two children knifed to death allegedly by their nanny. what could have caused her to do such a thing? it's every parent's worst nightmare. new information about the pressures she was facing in her own life. >>> switching gears, justin timberlake has been married a week and he's saying "i'm sorry." i'm curious about that one. >>> we begin with hurricane sandy and al roker is with us. >> reporter: as you mentioned, hurricane sandy now back up to hurricane strength. the winds now are at 75 miles per hour, and we'll give you all of the stats coming up, but as we've seen already, it's caused massive destruction in its path. this one looks like it's going to be one for the record books. >> reporter: it's threatening to be one of the worst storms to hit the northeast in decades. tropical storm sandy now barreling toward the east coast, bringing with it gale-force winds, chances of flooding, heavy rain and possibly snow. the storm already slamming into cuba with 105-mile-per-hour winds, cutting you poor, toppling trees. in the bahamas, winds swept ocean water into the streets causing extensive coastal flooding. at least 40 people are dead across haiti, cuba and jamaica. those scenes of destruction are causing people on the east coast to make last-minute preparations. >> have enough food and water for everyone in your household. >> reporter: states of emergency have been declared across five states and washington, d.c. governor cuomo reminding residents about the halloween storm that left thousands without poor for days. >> remember what we went through last year. common sense precaution, high winds and rain is what we would expect. it would be a good idea to get extra supplies so you don't have to leave the house in the beginning of the wreak next week. >> mayor bloomberg urging houses to have an emergency kit. >> you should have drinking water, the ins to be prepared for possible outages. >> reporter: the navy sending their ships out toy is as a precautionary measure, while in new jersey where many computer models are predicting a direct hit, beach residents are filling sandbags and ruring to close rides and stands that usually take weeks to shut down. >> it is all hands on deck thing. just everyone pitching in and making sure we can get everything taken care of before the storm hits. >> reporter: all right. let's look and see where we're going with this system. right now, as we said it is hurricane sandy and the winds currently 75 miles per hour and we're 375 miles southeast of charleston and moving at 10 miles per hour. tropical storm winds extend out some 450 miles from the center of this storm so it is a massive storm. here are the advisories we have right now. we've got hurricane warnings, i should say, the storm surge we're talking about right now, anywhere from 3 to 5 feet later on today from wilmington all of the way to cape hatteras and as you get into the hampton bay area. rainfall amounts will be from 7 to 8 inches and some areas up to a foot along the coastal carolinas. the path of the storm will bring it up parallel to the coast through today as it is now a category 1 storm. it continues to make that path along the coast through tomorrow night, then what happens is we're going to see basically a turn to the left and it had come onshore, smrngs anywhere between the delmarva peninsula and long island, new york, and that could mean devastating results out of this system and we have two other models that show which way this could go. the american model and the european model again, the difference between the two systems and we're talking about a couple of hundred miles with the american system coming onshore in new york, either way, it's going to mean massive problems for the northeast from washington, d.c., all of the way up into new england and inland, once it gets inland, this is not just a coastal event and as you remember tropical storm irene caused more damage inland than it did along the coast. this system could dump up it a foot of snow, parts of west virginia, ohio on into pennsylvania. andrea, this one is going to be a massive, massive problem probably for days to come. >> all right, al. thank you. stay safe. dylan dryer will be here with the rest of the nation's forecast in just a few minutes. here's lester. >> all right. hurricane sandy is already impacting the race for the white house. mitt romney and vice president joe biden each canceled planned weekend appearances in virginia. ron mott is in ohio and he's traveling with vice presidential candidate paul ryan. ron, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. as we all know it takes 270 electoral votes to win the white house. 18 votes are up for grabs in ohio and they just may be the most important votes of all. >> hello, nevada! >> reporter: along with the weather churning over the atlantic, president obama and governor mitt romney are whipping up a storm of their own. a catch camp blizzard. >> we're in ohio, thank you! thank you so much. >> reporter: as election looms ten days away. friday, mr. obama hit the airwaves, giving a flurry of interviews including mtv where he courted younger voters. >> we grow when everybody's got a shot. that's the america that allowed me to sit in this place and that's the america i want to re-create for the next generation. >> god bless iowa. >> reporter: governor romney spent his day in two battlegrounds, iowa and ohio last night with running mate paul ryan. >> i didn't recognize him with his shirt on. >> reporter: in the waning days, the war of words between campaigns is growing more intense. >> it's time to have a president and vice president who care more about the people than they care about politics. >> reporter: the president seemingly referring to his opponent as a b.s.er to "rolling stone" magazine, questioning why republican colin powell endorsed mr. obama. >> when you have someone of your own race that you're proud of being president of the united states, i applaud him for standing by him. >> reporter: sununu later said he didn't doubt it was policy related. >> reporter: the president has maintained a lead in the polls as the make or break vote. >> if we don't win ohio it's tough to see us winning the election nationally. >> reporter: florida, virginia, colorado and nevada are also being vigorously contested by both men, evidenced by recent trips and now the watch is on to see how sandy stretches in, already nixing campaigns in virginia this weekend and a new hampshire stop for the first lady early next week. >> reporter: governor romney in campaigns today in florida with senator marco rubio, paul ryan will embark on a two-day, 400-mile bus tour this weekend and the president will campaign later today in new hampshire. >> ron mott, thanks. karen finney is former communications director for the democratic national committee and steve schmitt is the cnbc political analyst for the 2008 mccain campaign. good morning to both of you. thanks for coming on. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> steve, let me start with you. ohio has been called this year's florida. if you're looking at the numbers and you're the romney campaign are you worried about ohio right now in a big way. >> well, if you're the romney campaign you know you have to win ohio. that's why you'll see so much time spent by governor romney and congressman romney before the debate. denver is out of reach in ohio for governor romney and now it's a very, very close race. it's anywhere from president obama with a slight lead, so it will come down to the wire. >> karen, when you break down the ohio numbers further. it's interesting when you look especially at those who will vote early, the obama folks win about six out of ten early voters, but losing those who say they're going to vote on election day, 44 to 51, romney to 51. what's the story there, is it potentially that the obama campaign is peaking too early with the early voters? >> i don't think so. i think that's great spin from the romney campaign, and if i was in the romney campaign i would probably be saying that as well. early voters tend to be what we call sporadic voters. it's a different universe of voters than those that vote on election day. they're people who don't necessarily vote on any election, presidential, midterm, you name it. so by targeting people, the sporadic voters to get them out to vote early, you're expanding the universe of voters. some of these folks, there may be a difference on election day, it's actually two different universes of voters. it's a strong strategy, ta particularly with the storms coming. >> steve, let me ask you about the comments that have become distractions, richard murdoch, the republican senate candidate from indiana with his infamous rape comments and we just heard john sununu suggesting that colin powell's endorsement of the candidate may be racially related. do those things affect undecided voters down the stretch? >> they may affect undecided voters, but i think it's unlikely, lester because weir so close to the election and the issues are so big and we're in the period post-debate. it could cost republicans a u.s. senate seat in indiana and i don't think it will have an impact on the presidential race. i think john sununu has said a number of controversial thing, but i would put that in the same category as the president calling his opponent a b.s.er in rolling stone or some of the over the top comments. >> thanks both for coming on this morning, good to have you here. >> i'll be reporting from virginia on how the election is shaping up on the key battleground state as we cover hurricane sandy coming ashore. once again, here's andrea. >>> lester, thanks. now to a heartbreaking story that has touched families across the country and our own here at nbc. a new york city nanny allegedly killed two young children in her care. mara schiavocampo has more from the upper west side. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, andrea. the makeshift memorial continues to grow as people around the community continue to express their sadness over this horrifying crime. the nanny at the center of the tragedy remains in the hospital and she's unable to speak or answer any questions and police say she'd been facing financial problems and was seeking professional help. police have yet to speak with yoselyn ortega, the 50-year-old nanny they say fatally stabbed two children in her care on thursday. 6-year-old lulu and 2-year-old leo. the children were discovered by their mother marina krim who returned home with her 3-year-old daughter from a swim lesson shortly after 5:30. their father kevin krim, an executive at cnbc was given the devastating news after he returned from a business trip later that evening. >> we are still in the process of going through the apartment and also the purse of the -- of this woman. >> reporter: authorities say ortega had no history of violence and lived with her son and other family members in a nearby manhattan neighborhood. >> she had been employed by the family for approximately two years. she was referred to them by another family. >> reporter: by all accounts, the krim family knew their sitter well, even visiting ortega's relatives in her native dominican republic. with over 60% of the nation's children cared for by people other than their parents, this story hits home for families and caregivers everywhere. >> know what this mother is going through and i'm a mother, too, who lost her kids. >> sometimes as a mother and a nanny you tend to develop a bond with the kid that you take care of. >> we rely other people to help us and we trust them and treat them like family and we need them. >> reporter: across the country and around the world, many express their sadness online as well. >> i have felt sick to my stomach and on the verge of tears all day. this story haunts me to the core. >> reporter: experts say horrific crimes like this are rare, but still they leave parents questioning the safety of their own children. >> when something like this happens, every parent questions themselves and says am i doing anything that places my child at risk? is there anything i could be doing better to make sure that they are okay? >> reporter: police say ortega is a u.s. citizen who has been in the country for ten years. she has not yet been charged. andrea? >> thank you, mara. makes you want to hug your kids a little bit tighter. thanks for that report. >> it is time for the rest of the news headlines. we return to tom llamas. >> good morning, everyone. there is word on what was going on with the company under investigation for the meningitis. federal investigators say mold bacteria and a greenish-reddish residue were found in areas that were supposed to be sterile. the last government report has 330 cases of meningitis nationwide and 25 deaths. >>> senate majority leader harry reid is in good condition after a car accident. he was in a chain reaction car crash in las having as friday. he was treated and released from the hospital as were some of his staff members. >>> police in ken bunk, maine have released names in the zumba prostitution scandal. alexis wright has been charged with using zumba lessons as a front for prostitution. police say she secretly taped encounters and her list contains many prominent names. >>> smoking in the largest study ever done, british researchers followed 1 million women smokers and those women were twice as leakly to die younger and their life expectancy is 11 years shorter. >>> and a mystery is brewing on the internet about an amazing football highlight. check this out. a video from a high school scrimmage shows a runningback flipping over a tackler and landing on his feet. sports reporters have been unable to track down the game, but it is awesome. dylan out on the mrplaza. >> it is producing some outer bands along theest on coast of the carolinas, but elsewhere across the country, we are talking about chilly temperatures. 30s in the northern plains, texas on the cool side with highs only in the 50s with showers across the eastern area of the great lakes through ohio and western pennsylvania. >>> good morning from the weather center. we have clear skies as you take a peek at the bridge. not much to talk about. it's because of high pressure in control leaving our skies not only clear for today, but trchl as well. rain in the forecast for halloween come wednesday. not bad. 74 in san francisco and near 80 in livermore. the rain is with us through thursday. have a great weekend. rom all countries obviously here on the plaza. >> love it, dylan, thanks. there is still more to come. the video that has justin timberlake apologizing. we'll have the story and next, even the liveliest celebrities are no match for them. find out which stars raked in the money last year. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ female announcer ] breast cancer touches all of us. and all of us can join the fight, with save lids to save lives. redeem lids from over 100 general mills products. together we can make a difference. find lids now at walmart. ♪ that's why new dove style + care whipped 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in the whalers, right? coming in at number four. we'll start with a tune. see if you guys recognize it. >> charlie brown? >> yeah. charles schultz, the creator of peanuts. the next time you want to make fun of charlie brown, just know he is dripping in gucci. the estate raked in $37 million last year. let's move to number three. this one's pretty easy. elvis. elvis pulled in $55 million through his music and cirque du soleil show. some are saying elvis shouldn't be on this list because he was recently spotted outside a criskrispy kreme in utah. number two, michael jackson. pulled in $45 million. number one, liz taylor. she pull in money from a record-breaking auction. >> perfume. >> and her big quote. big girls deserve big diamonds. >> i thought it would be michael jackson. we're back in a moment, but first this is "today" on nbc. 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>> alicia. >> it's me. >> you're alicia. happy birthday. lots of celebrating on the plaza this morning. we are looking at this storm. to bring its outer bands to areas like the shores of north carolina into virginia later on today, that cold front is also going to bring some showers to ohio, through western new york state, west virginia as well. it is cold in the upper plains. temperatures today only in the 30s and 40s. 50s through texas even. tomorrow in the pacific northwest, we are looking for heavy rains, some mountain snow. it does warm up in the plains states and we'll keep an eye on sandy. we'll see the rough surf, the heavy rain and >> good morning frommed the bay area weather center. high pressure in control this weekend and talking about clear skies today and tomorrow. heads up if you are making plans for halloween. rain if the forecast come wednesday. this weekend is a good time to celebrate. 77 in concord and 79 in fremont. oakland at 78 and same for redwood city. the city by the bay is 74. by wednesday that sticks with us through thursday. have yourself a great weekend and keep the spf handy. >>> and we might be talking about sandy, but we are also talking about the saints and the broncos. tomorrow night is "sunday night football" night in america and we are headed out to denver. partly cloudy and cool. 49 to 53 degrees. should be a good game with perfect weather. you can always check out your latest forecast any time online at weather.com. andrea? >> thank you, dylan. >>> a bizarre story. justin timberlake is apologizing for what he called a distasteful video congratulating him and his new wife jessica biel on their wedding. michelle franzen has the details. >> reporter: newlyweds justin timberlake and jessica biel didn't get much time to bask in the afterglow of their picture perfect nuptials before making headlines. in a way the couple didn't anticipate. a home video made by one of timberlake's friends as a joke featuring homeless people in los angeles turned up on the internet before being taken down. >> justin, i haven't seen you in a long time. the gift is in the mail. >> jessica, it's me. >> reporter: and has turned out to be anything but funny for the pop star thanks to his friend. >> what he did was interview homeless people, drunk people, seemingly mentally ill people in the streets of los angeles and the joke was here your hollywood friends who miss you. >> reporter: talk of the video went viral on the internet, along with the backlash. timberlake quickly offered an apology to fans in a letter on his website calling the video distasteful. and added, "i am not defending the video." had no knowledge of its existence. and had absolutely zero contribution to it. he said his friends clearly had a lapse in judgment. >> again, i'm sure that joke seemed really funny when they came up with it, but once it's introduced to the light of day in a media environment that can be pretty unforgiving, it's a big embarrassment. i think justin handled it as well as he could. >> reporter: timberlake and biel made it official last week, celebrating their wedding with friends in italy. before the controversial video emerged, the buzz was all about biel's choice of a pink wedding dress. now following timberlake's personal appeal to fans, the beaming couple is likely hoping they can go back to enjoying their new life as newlyweds. for "today," michelle franzen, nbc news, new york. >> we do wish them all the best on their marriage. >>> up next, expect to pay more if you're traveling this holiday season. we'll have the details. but first, these messages. or tall. it's not all about who sparkles the most. or who is the best dressed. what nature really cares about is what you have to offer. like the stevia plant. small and humble with a surprising secret to share... sweetness. truvia sweetener. zero-calorie sweetness, born from the stevia leaf. from nature, for sweetness. new chocolatey delight pastry crisps from special k. two delicious crisps. for 100 calories. so you'll never have to break up with your sweet tooth again. what will you gain when you lose? 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>> know up front what you are paying for. it's all listed out for you online. so at least you'll be prepared, that you'll be experiencing these fees. >> reporter: if you're a member of an airline or a hotel loyalty program, you may avoid some fees, but the days of freebies may be long gone. for "today," tom costello, nbc news, washington. >>> up next, finding the best jeans to flatter your figure. but first, this is "today" on nbc. 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>> i'll show you why not. i know so many moms love the baggie boyfriend jean, but to be honest, they just look sloppy and they're not doing anything for your figure. >> after having four kids, i'm nervous about putting on tighter jeans. >> so let's find you some color. >> i never thought i'd wear color. >> if you're over 40, i always say go for a more muted shade rather than bright neon because they can skew younger. >> so that's karen. how were you able to find a pair of jeans that really fit karen's petite figure? >> we wanted to make sure that we went for something in the petite's department. you always want to look specifically in the petites department. and also at the color as well. here she is. >> she looks so great. >> i know that she thought she'd never, ever wear color. so these jeans particularly are by nydj. they have the patented lift tuck technology. they are skinny in the leg, the skinny petite legging. petite is important because it gives you that right knee placement as well. it's a perfect length for her. we got the color. a lot of women are nervous about color. but those are the darker shades. the eggplant. the chocolate. >> i love color jeans. they're so in right now. those do not look like mom jeans. >> they're the anti-mom jean. >> thank you, karen. next up is tanetta. eu your challenge for her was finding a good fit for all her of her curves. >> my name is tanetta. my biggest problem is finding something to fit over my thighs and my bottom area, but that will be small enough to fit my waist. >> the thing is if you're trying to down play a heavier bottom half, you want to go for more of a slenderizing boot cut bottom. you want a slightly lighter shading down the center panel, because this makes your legs look slimmer just because of the optical illusion. no, no, no. this is not the right silhouette for you. want to create more of an hourglass silhouette. balance off the bottom half. and i know you're going to have another problem with those pants. there's about a four-inch gap here. >> so how were you able to really find something that facility her body like a glove? >> you want to make sure that you're fitting the waist as well as bottom area. so what you ideally want to look for something is something that has a slight boot cut. you want to go for a nice uniform dark wash. these ones. they look quite professional. the great thing about a dark wash is you can take it to the office and wear a jacket over it. she is a professional, so she wants something she can look great in at the office. a nice, clean dark boot cut. keep the hem long. always want the original hem on your pants. >> that's a good tip. you can tell when it's not the original. >> have the original hem put on the bottom of your pant. keep the hem long. we found these at target, $28, which is a great price. they were relatively small in the waist as well, so they accommodated a smaller waist and a rounder bottom half. >> those are very slimming. they look great. so our last one is tessie. let's take a look at her story. >> my name is sophia smith. the most frustrating thing is finding a nice fit for my thighs. i have a lot of muscle, so i want to find something that slims them down. >> the wash is too light for her. the slent is a kind of awkward length. no pocket. you want to look for the mid placement of pockets. this looks like a wide expansive bum. >> i love these. >> so remember, every time you do whiskering, it's drawing attention to the part of your body that you don't want. you want to look for a darker uniform wash. it helps slenderize your leg. >> what's the best look for her? >> the best look for her is like a cropped flare. the reason i love these so much is they have the four-way stretch so they're going to retain their shape. she's a dancer. you can tell. she has the muscular thigh. rather than going for a skinny bottom, we wanted to do a tiny little bit of a flare at the bottom there with a crop, so you can wear a crop. some fabulous heels. it's a great leg for her. the little pep as well gives her the extra shape, gives the curve, brings out the top half of the body. look how she looks phenomenal in those jeans. >> i'm sorry, but her butt looks amazing. >> amazing. pocket placement, it's very important to get the great pockets on those jeans, because the mid pocket will give your bottom half the perfect perky shape. >> when you find a pair of jeans, hang on to them. i've had these for ten years. hang on. >> you buy a pair that you hem with heels and a pair that you hem for flats. >> thank you for being here. mom jeans are not as beautiful. i had to say that really quickly. >>> coming up, how you can make a difference in your community. we'll have that next. about their body washes. i wouldn't change. 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>> thanks for joining us this morning. we'll be back at 7:25. >> have a great day and weekend. see you next monday. >>> >>> good morning. punch lines. president obama and governor romney mine for laughs and votes as they mop themselves and each other at a charity dinner. >> in the spirit of sesame street the president's remarks are brought to you by the letter o and the number 16 trillion. >> went shopping in stores in midtown. i understand governor romney went shopping for some stores in midtown. >> it is back to business today as they prepare for monday's third and final debate. are they connected? investigators in colorado search for a link between 2010-year-old jessica ridgeway's murder and the attempted abduction of a young jogger. this morning the description of a suspect just released by police. sign him up. a high school kicker lines up for a 67 yard game time field goal. he nails it. the kick for the ages that would have shattered the record in the nfl today. friday, october 19, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is today with matt lauer and savannah guthrie, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> welcome to today on friday morning. i am matt lauer. >> i am savannah guthrie. >> how about that kick? >> i know. are you going to out me what i just asked? >> she said home run. >> i knew. i got the spirit of the moment. talk about the spirit of the moment, after all the animosity and negativity we have seen in the campaign, nice for comic relief at last night's al smith fundraising dinner. >> very, very funny. this he both handled it well. we'll have highlights straight ahead. we'll take a look at a poll, two battle ground states will have a big say. >> and also a story we're following for months there is a former teacher, professional cheerleader, who had denied having a sexual relationship with one of her 17-year-old former students. now she has pled guilty in the case and is revealing that she and that student are indeed a couple. coming up they'll open up about the relationship for the first time in an exclusive interview. >> on a match lighter note savannah's big moment in the kitchen all week long taking cooking lessons from the one and only bobby fla leading up to today where they will attempt to prepare us a complete dinner. she is taking this seriously. >> i am taking it very seriously. i was late coming down here because i was inspecting all of my ingredients. i am ready and dressed for the dinner party. are you going to wear that? >> i am going to wear this. sorry. didn't know it was formal. >> it is. it is a classy party. if you want to tweet us, we'll show the tweets people have been sending. usual the #savannahcooks. >>> we'll start with politics and a night of laughs. chuck todd, good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah. the campaign has gotten heated, been personal, so perhaps it was helpful for both president obama and mitt romney to let out a little humorous steam as there are 18 days to go and it will be a very close election. >> i was actually hoping the president would bring joe biden along this evening because he will laugh at anything. >> 48 hours after the most heated and personal debate yet, president obama and governor romney dial things back only a tad using humor to make subtle political points. >> in the spirit of sesame street the president's remarks tonight are brought to you by the letter o and the number 16 trillion. >> this is the third time that governor romney and i have met recently. some of you may have noticed i have a lot more energy in our second debate. i found really well rested after the nice long nap i had in the first debate. >> as president obama surveys the waldorf banquet room with everyone in white tie and finery, you have to wonder what he is thinking. so little time, so much to redistribute. >> after my foreign trip in 2008 i was attacked as a celebrity because i was so popular with the allies overseas, and i have to say i am impressed with how well governor romney has avoided that problem. >> the president actually was a bit more serious during his up aanswer on the daley show, a stop the campaign is encouraging as a way to see if a stagnant youth vote can be reenergized like 2008. >> do you feel like have you a stronger affirmative case for a second barack obama presidency or a stronger negative case for a mitt romney presidency. >> i think i have got a strong case on both ends. i do think part of the president's job is not only moving forward on things that will work but also preventing things that won't work. >> benghazi also came up. >> i would say even you would admit it was not the optimal response, at least to the american people as far as us all being on the same page. >> here is what i will say. if four americans get killed, it is not optimal. >> right. >> we'll fix it. >> right. all of it. >> all of it. >> dispatching bruce springsteen and bill clinton to ohio and iowa, the obama campaign is pulling out all the stops to lock down the two states plus wisconsin in what the campaign hopes is a midwestern electoral vote firewall. new nbc "wall street journal" poll shows the president still holds onto leads in iowa and wisconsin. he is up 6 points in wisconsin and has an 8-point lead in iowa. this may end up a knock down drag out fight to the finish but for one night in manhattan these two candidates actually had a few nice things to say about each other. >> our president has had fine and gracious moments. don't tell anyone i said so, but our 44th president has many gifts and a beautiful family that would make any man proud. >> i admire him very much as a family man and a loving father and those are two titles that will always matter more than any political ones. >> back to benghazi. there is an associated press report this morning that indicates that the cia may have had some hints this was not sparked by a protest just 24 hours after the attack itself but what's unclear and what my own reporting has been indicating for a while, did the c.i.a. share that information with the white house? when did they finally share that information? that of course has been the big unanswered question. i bet it comes up on monday night at the foreign policy debate. >> indeed. thank you. bring in david gregory, moderator of meet the press. good morning to you. >> hey, savannah. >> we just saw the two poll from the battle grounds that nbc did showing the president with the lead in the key states of iowa and wisconsin and at the same time you have a gallup poll that shows romney up 7 points. can you cut through these? where are we? >> i think the race is much tighter than that tracking poll according to both campaigns actually. they understand this is a tight race at this point, while we're in the teens in terms of number of days left to go. we're also in a stage where both campaigns are very caught up in that perception of who is ahead, and we get into this part of the campaign where they start saying i would rather be us than them. bottom line is we're in a pretty close to a dead heat right now. >> at least as far as our poll is concerned, it appears the debates did not make a big difference. in fact, our pollster put it there were two debates but you can't tell it from the numbers. 95% of those polled said they made up their minds before the debate. are we seeing the impact of early voting in these states? >> there is no question we're seeing that in some states including the states that we're polling. i also think that you had a more tightly contested debate. it was certainly aggressive on both sides. unlike the first debate where the president didn't show up, this was different. they were both in each other's faces. i think that was a negative. a lot of people i am talking to were turned off by them going toe to toe, bickering, interrupting each other, taking on the moderator. it didn't seem to shed a lot of light on where the issues are, just a lot of heat. >> the candidates of course have been working overtime and we saw it during that debate to get the female vote. our poll in iowa and wisconsin demonstrates why the president does well. if you get into the poll it shows a double-digit advantage with women. romney advisers will tell you he is making in roads in the female vote. >> i think there is no question. it is why the president is spending so much time talking on the stump about issues like planned parenthood and mitt romney wants to cut funding throughout the campaign. this is an issue where obama advisers say we have a comfortable lead and want to pad it and make it bigger. i think what's closer to the truth is they're feeling slippage and there is a key part of the obama coalition. he has to get women out there voting in states like like virginia and ohio so make sure they can tilt the balance. >> and looking ahead to monday, it is a debate all about foreign policy. do you think either kanld date holds the advantage there? >> there is still a lot on benghazi. there were miss steps in the last debate about that but more questions about what was known and when with and whether this was a terrorist attack and whether the administration came clean about it. the president's meeting criticized for his talking points on this on jon stewart saying when four americans were killed it is not optimal and that was in stewart's question and this is not going to be an issue that will go away. there is still confusion about how the administration response was both sluggish, sloppy, and incoherent at some times. i think this will be a topic of conversation for sure. >> what's your topic of conversation this weekend on meet the press? >> we'll do it all. we'll talk to david axelrod and rob portman and senator marco rubio as well. >> there are new revelations about the boy scouts of america and widespread allegations of sexual abuse. the organization had fought the release of internal documents and recently lost that fight. nbc's ann thompson is here with more on that. >> good morning, matt. an oregon court ordered the files be made public. they were kept by the boy scouts and involved 1,247 alleged abusers reported to the organization. inside the files are stories that are disturbingly similar to the abuse cases that have marched the catholic church and penn state. >> boy scouts pledge to do their best, to do their duty to god, country, and obey the scout law. in these boxes the so-called perversion files reveal that some of the men responsible for building moral character did anything but. >> the authority to groom kids, build relationships with them and find excuses to hang out with them. >> and then sexually abuse them. the files show there were abuse complaints in 49 states from 1965 to 1985. some accusations were reported to authorities. others were not. >> we saw example after example where the boy scouts chose not to call law enforcement, and you will see in the files over and over again references to this would make the organization look bad if it don't stink, don't stir it. >> earlier this week the boy scouts of america president wayne perry apologized. >> we didn't do the job we should have and we're sorry for that, profoundly sorry. >> he says the boy scouts have kept the files since the 1920s in an effort to try to keep abusers from returning to scouting. he concedes it didn't always work. >> one time the medical community thought that you could be cured of this. it is only in the last two decades that they determined you can't be cured of child abuse. >> today the boy scouts do background checks on volunteers and require mandatory reporting of abuse and training. >> the more everybody knows, the safer our children will be. >> dr. frankspinelli was not safe. he says his scout leader abused him for two years in the late '70s. >> i told my parents and they went to the other assistant scout masters who persuaded my parents not to press charges. >> his case is not included but he hopes the files will make sure abuse is always reported. >> we have to remember that what has happened to these children and myself is a crime. you need to go to the police. >> the boy scouts of america says it will review all its files from 1965 to the present day to see if there are any good faith suspicions of abuse that have not been reported to law enforcement. itlso apologizes again to the young men it says it did not protect. >> ann thompson, thank you very much. >> we want to get a check of the day's other top stories and natalie is at the news desk. >> good morning, everyone. new details this morning on the u.s. secret service prostitution scann scandal. according to a source it reveals one of the agents during the trip admitted to soliciting prostitutes on two prior occasions and similar misconduct was reported on other official trips to romania and china. secret service officials say secret service director mark sullivan was not aware of these incidents when he testified before congress back in may. the white house is expressing confidence in sullivan as the investigation into the scandal is on going. >>> a conflicting portrait of quazi nafis, the 21-year-old bangladesh native charged with trying to blow up the federal reserve bank in new york city. family and friends say he came to the u.s. to study and say he often remarked that muslims don't believe in violence. federal officials say nafis came to become a martyr. today they meet to did you say the young man's case. >>> convicted child sex abuser jerry sandusky is seeking a new trial filing documents thursday attacking the evidence presented against him and how quickly his case proceeded from arrest to trial. sandusky is asking for the charges against him to be thrown out and a new trial and he is currently behind bars awaiting transfer to a state prison where he will begin serving a 30 to 60 year sentence. >>> a large explosion in central beirut where a car bomb ripped through a christian neighborhood. numerous casualties and dozens wounded. although no motive is clear, it comes at a time between rising tension supporting opposite sides in the conflict in neighboring syria. head to wall street and mary thompson at the new york stock exchange for us. good morning. >> good morning to you, natalie. google mistakingly releasing its results around three hours early causing confusion and disappointment in the markets as profits fell 20% and after the bell microsoft followed with a 22% decline in profits as consumers put off new software purchases awaiting the release of window as 8, and the 20th anniversary of black monday, the single largest percentage decline ever. natalie, back to you. >> not a good reminder. mary thompson, thanks so much. a rough night for the bronx bombers as the yankees were defeated by the tigers 8-1 sending the tigers to the world series for the first time since 2006 and heading into tonight's game defending world series champs, the st. louis cardinals, lead the san francisco giants 3-1 for the national league title. >>> a high school football player has kicked his way into the record books. check it out. this is from spokane valley washington nailing a 67 yard field goal bringing his team to a 62-55 victory and beats the current record at 63 yards. they better start signing him up. it is 7:16 now. back over to savannah, matt and al. >> what was the final score? >> 62-55. >> that's a basketball score. >> yeah. >> that's a defensive -- >> what a struggle there. wow. >> over the top with that. >> the yankees didn't get the touchdowns they were hoping to get. >> no. >> one of the local new york newspapers, so tough on the yankees and a thing on the cover that says dear yankees, we don't date losers, signed new york. >> oh, my. >> a tough town. >> the infielder has a lumber jack player. >> final outs. >> really cool. >> mr. roker. >> who knew that paul bunyon played baseball? we have a big low pressure system making its way through the midwest and that is making for a lot of rain in the northeast and the great lakes. the heaviest rain in the northeast over the next 24 hours. we're talking airport delays from boston all the way down to d.c. and anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of rain from syracuse to atlantic city and then out west we have a system making its way into the pacific northwest and that's going to bring more rain and making for a little bit of a wet day in seattle all the way do >>> 7:17 on a friday morning. temperatures are going to be warm today, but about 10 to 15 degrees cooler than yesterday when we smashed temperature records all across the bay area. we were in the 80s in san francisco yesterday. today we're going to take your temperatures down to the low 70s. 81 degrees in livermore. you'll hit 79 in gilroy and 76 degrees in san jose. we've got a cool weekend to get through and then the rain arrives monday into tuesday. hope you have a fantastic weekend. >> all right, al, thank you. coverage of the presidential election can sometimes feel a bit like information overload here, but nbc's ian williams has found a place where the situation is quite the opposite. ian, good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah. well, that place is china, and it couldn't be more different. while we may think we know a lot about the u.s. candidates, sometimes even more than we want to know, the man about to take over in china is an almost complete mystery, even to his own people. while the u.s. election has reached its final raucous stretch, it's business as usual ahead of china's change of leader. and come rain or shine you'll be hard pressed to find any sign of election fever here. and while there's little we don't know about the u.s. candidates from mitt romney's choice of breakfast to who president obama listens to on his ipod, ping's choice of cereal is a secret, as it just about everything else about what he does and thinks. even how he got the job. >> at the top you don't know what's going on. it's very feudal politics. >> reporter: we discovered to set out what the chinese know themselves about the new leader. you don't know who will be the new leader next month? you don't. >> reporter: in fact, expressing an opinion about communist party leaders can land you in all sorts of trouble. while u.s. voters face a deluge of information on the presidential candidates, the official biography of ping runs three terse pages so we took a beijing taxi, figuring cabbies everywhere have an opinion. but not him. do you think xi jinping has an ipod? >> translator: he doesn't know. >> reporter: when he recently disappeared for two weeks and was rumored to be sick the internet censors even blocked the word back injury from search engines. undeterred we headed to a beijing university. what do we know about xi jinping? >> maybe -- >> yeah. actually nothing, yeah. >> reporter: does he have any children? >> i don't know. >> i don't care. >> reporter: finally we went to see a fortune teller. you don't care about politics, you don't know. he was promptly scolded for talking to us. unlike the u.s. where 130 million voted in the last presidential election, the chinese electorate consists of a small clique at the top of the communist party, and the result isn't in doubt. much has changed in china but not the politics, and figuring out what really goes on at the top is a bit like reading the tea leaves. of course, dealing with china and xi, it will be one of the biggest challenges facts the new u.s. president. >> ian williams, thanks for the story. appreciate it. good to see you. >>> just ahead, should you race out and buy the latest smartphones, iphones and tablets? does it pay to wait? how to decide when it's time to upgrade. >>> and a baby elephant rescued from a well and the amazing reunion with its mother. first, this is "today" on nbc. h is "today" on nbc. >>> tweets are poring in as savannah gets ready to put her cooking skills to the test. >> i just got one i smell something burning. 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coming up, valuable advice on what to consider before doing that. >> just for everyone that isn't al roker. >> he gets the new one, no matter what. >> plus a possible predictor in the presidential election. with polls all over the place, the sales of governor romney and president obama halloween masks. does that tell us who is in the lead in the actual race? we'll get into that. >> i think they should both be attended by those masks. >> in the attractive. >> a little later on savannah uses her lessons from bobby flay to prepare an entire dinner for us from scratch, so she says. >> and set a beautiful table, and by i mean our whole team here. we'll begin this half hour with the former nfl cheerleader and teacher who admits having sex with one of her students. nbc investigative reporter jeff rossen sat down with both of them. >> reporter: the story made big national headlines. all along sarah jones said she was innocent, never she had sex, never had a romantic relationship with one of her students, but prosecutors said they had evidence proving it and charged her. now, a stunning end to the case. this morning sarah and that teenaged student are coming clean, opening up in exclusive new interviews. >> that's her, sarah jones, nfl cheerleader for the cincinnati bengals. this was her weekend gig. her main job. >> who can tell me after looking over -- >> reporter: a buttoned up high school english teacher in kentucky charged with a felony sex crime. >> a cheerleader indicted. >> reporter: she was painted as a predator who seduced one of her own students, cody york, a 17-year-old who played on the high school baseball team. we questioned sarah about it back in august. did you ever have sex with this student? >> no, it was never like that, no. it was -- >> reporter: emotional? >> yes. >> reporter: but not sexual? >> no, it was never about that. never like that. >> reporter: sarah's defense team wanted prosecutors to lay off. >> they are obsessed, in my humble opinion, with getting her. >> do you swear from the testimony you're about to give in this matter it will be the truth, so help you god? >> yes, i am. >> reporter: but just last week a total reversal for sarah. she took a deal, pleading guilty to reduced charges and spilling about her secret affair. >> i sent sexually explicit text messages to cody york while he was a student. i had sexual contact including sexual intercourse with cody york when he was a student and i was a teacher. >> reporter: the very next day she sat down with us, again. >> it is literally the saying the truth will set you free. it is like the stress fell off of me after it was out there and i didn't have to hide anymore. >> reporter: you were a teacher. he was a student. >> right. >> reporter: did you know that was wrong? >> absolutely that's wrong. there's no gray area. there is -- it is wrong for a teacher to have any type of relationship that crosses the line with a student. again, though -- snow get that? >> absolutely. >> reporter: do you feel guilt bewhat you did? >> yeah. what i did was wrong. >> reporter: and now for the first time cody york is telling all. the teenager at the heart of this case opening up in an exclusive interview. >> what was it like to be called the victim? >> i didn't like being called the victim because i wasn't a victim. i wasn't a victim with anything. she never did anything to me. >> reporter: did she manipulate you? >> absolutely not. >> reporter: use her power of authority over you? >> not at all. >> reporter: in fact, sarah didn't prey on him. he's the one who pursued her. they had known each other for years. he says their families were friends. >> i always looked at her as a very close friend and i could always get to her and talk to her about anything. she was my support system. i don't exactly remember the exact moment but outside of school. it just started coming along. like every time -- every other time i would see her outside it would just hit me harder and harder and harder every single time, and that's just how it started. >> reporter: sarah felt it, too. their nine-year age difference didn't seem to matter. they crossed the line and had sex. before you consummated the relationship did you realize, you know what, sarah can get in a lot of trouble for this? >> absolutely. >> reporter: you guys still did it? >> yeah, it was worth it, but i never in a million years thought this would ever happen, and i -- i don't know. >> reporter: you had this giant secret were you trying to keep from people, from everyone. >> it was very difficult. because i wanted to be able to tell my friends that like this is my girlfriend. >> reporter: did your friends say to you, dude, did you do this? >> yeah, absolutely. almost every single day. >> reporter: what did you say to them? >> no. i just kept my mouth closed. >> reporter: today they are a couple and say they are in love. sarah 27 and cody 18. the once forbidden affair now a full-on relationship. >> he is -- he's wonderful. i absolutely adore everything, even if he does have flaws i adore them. >> i love everything about her, literally everything. she can break down in front of me, be her worst in front of me, and it makes me love her even more. >> he's seen the bad side of me. he's seen me break down and be at my lowest, and if you can love someone at their lowest, that says a lot. he says sarah you look so beautiful in your mug shot, and i know -- that's how i know he really loves me. >> a lot of people are going to watch this and say, look, this was borne out of lies, borne out of a cover-up and something that's wrong. how can something right come out of it? >> we made a poor choice together but that doesn't mean we can't find happiness at the end of the day, and we will. >> under her plea deal sarah doesn't have to serve any jail time but will serve five years probation, and there is much more they have to say on this story. tonight on "dateline," sarah and cody tell all. how they lied, the cover-up and the details of their secret relationship. plus, police investigators take us inside the case. how they used their text messages to bust them. you can see the full report tonight at 10:00, 9:00 central time on "dateline" right here on nbc, savannah. >> it's a doozy. jeff rossen, thanks so much. we'll take a turn now and get a check of the weather from al. >> a little drizzly and rainy here. may get some heavier rain in the new york area in just a little bit. let's lack ahead for the next three months. winter outlook just put out by the national weather service, and we are looking in the east for normal temperatures. below normal in florida, but out west mostly above normal temperatures, and then precipitation-wise. drier than normal in the pacific northwest, upper mississippi river vale and wetter than unusual in the gulf coast and normal conditions in the southwest, the mid-atlantic states on into the northeast. for today we are looking at heavy rain here in the northeast. a lot of airport delays along the east coast. more rain moving into the pacific northwest. showers around the western great lakes and expect to see plenty of sunshine through the southwest on into southern . >>> good morning to you. what a beautiful sunrise over san jose. we had mostly cloudy conditions just about an hour ago and this is all that's left of a very thin marine layer getting squishd by high pressure. today, though, high pressure will start to break down and head off to the east. your temperatures will fall from the 80s and 70s into the 60s by the finish of the weekend and rain moves in late sunday into monday. we'll have a heavier round of rain wednesday into thursday so break out that umbrella. >> don't forget get that weather any time you need to. go to the weather channel on cable or weather.com online. and while you're doing that, get red for sunday night because that's the best night of the week because it's time for sunday night "football night in america." the 3-3 steelers take on the 3-3 bengals. somebody's going to be 4-3. oh, we can't wait. who will it be as they go into paul brown stadium? clear, cool, upper 50s to the low 60s. it's a big one. will the bengals mall tul the steelers? it's all coming up sunday night "football night in america." savannah. >> all right, al. thank you. >>> coming up next, how to decide when the time is right to upgrade your gadgets, and a touching moment on stage as katy perry does a duet with a young girl with autism. we'll have that story. but first these messages. 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how can technology solve that? don't buy tech for tech sake. >> let's break it down into the categories. smartphones here, okay? if you've got an older smartphone, what should be the driving force in deciding whether you go with an iphone 5 or a galaxy or something like that? >> i say wait for the next upgrade after the upgrade. in other words skip one, so if you look at the iphone situation. had you an iphone 4. do you go for the 4s, no, you wait, you hold and go for the 5, because usually in 18 to 24 months you'll see a significant change in the device as opposed to just 12 months. >> what about expense as you're signing up for a new device. >> yes. >> sometimes the carrier will subsidize you a little bit. is that worth it? >> it's worth it if you can get the upgrade pricing. that's another reason. if you're using a phone and need it for business and it's every day, then you want an annual contract. if you're worrying about i want to get the cheapest rate, best subsidized price then a two-year contract will do that and you won't be outdated by waiting. >> let's move on to tablets, a category a lot of people are talking because in very soon we'll see the new mini ipad. >> that's right. >> is that going to be a game-changer? >> i believe it will be a game-changer because 7-inch tablets have become a game-changer themselves. this is the nexus 7. this is very popular, sold out. the kindle fire has done phenomenally well, the nook has done well and that size is powerful. the ipad mini will be another one that sells out well. >> would you suggest people upgrading when that comes out. >> had a baby boomer ask me that exact same question. if you use a tablet now, how do you currently use it? is it the size of the screen going to be too small for your eyesight, things of that nature, so really understand how you're going to use it. go to a store and try out the smaller sized tablets before making a purchase. >> you say when it comes to laptops people have more flexibility, what do you mean by that? >> you don't need to change the whole device. to really bump up a laptop, you can do simple things like upgrading the random access mem memory. they call it r.a.m., easy upgrade that will breathe life into the computer. download new software so windows 8 is coming out next week. that's going to bring a whole new set of choices. >> what is the technological live span of a laptop? if i've got a 4-year-old laptop, should i start thinking about upgrading that? >> yes, you absolutely should. you need to know how long or what your main purpose of use is going to be. again, if it's for business buy cheap because you know you're going to rotate every 12 months. if you want something that lasts three or four years, buy expensive so it maintains. >> you said something to me earlier i never thought of. personalization of your laptops and devices is a bad -- >> no, no. >> i say putting stickers on them. >> engraving them, stuff like that? >> why is that? >> you won't get trade-in value. you'll depreciate the value. my ipad 2 will get me $215 on a website called gazelle.com. if it was engraved i'd get only 160 bucks for the same ipad. >> instead of personalizing and putting stickers on it. >> don't put the actual stickers on the actual device itself. get a clear case and put it on that and then customize it or personalize it and you don't have to worry about what will happen. >> if you are upgrading and turning in your old devices, how are you sure to maintain your privacy? 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>> just hearing you say in the kitchen such a novelty. >> how much help is in the kitchen for you? >> there's some help, but i have this and i'm going to take it seriously. really trying to cook. >> putting it up on the screen, the tweets, for the very most part. >> save me some leftovers. >> exactly. >> perfect, all right. >> so we'll see. that starts at 8:00. >> the cooking. >> hope you're hungry. meantime, halloween, of course, almost here. presidential election just 18 days away. those two things tend to go together. president obama and governor romney masks are in demand. the folks at ricky's sent us their latest prototypes. >> you might say, well, this is obvious, two of the most popular halloween masks, but there's some science behind this when it comes to the election. for example, according to "the huffington post,". >> some science. >> this year obama masks are outselling romney masks by more than 30%. we put that in perspective. according to spirit halloween company, figures show that bill clinton outsold bob dole and george bush outsold al gore, bush outsold john kerry and obama outsold john mccain and you know what happened in all of those elections. >> that's a perfect record. >> interesting. >> in halloween masks. >> as i said before, the polls are all over the place, so you know what? maybe it's as good a predictor as any. >> kind of surprisingly. >> another big costume, big bird. >> this one. >> it's huge. >> who is going to be big bird this year? >> yeah. >> nice. >> that looks good, nat. >> apparently what's worse is they are making sexy big bird costumes. >> thee words never been in the vicinity of one another before. >> yeah. >> i'm going to be wearing an angry elmo. >> that's the sexy big bird right there. >> that's not right. >> big bird, of course, after the debate where romney talked about pbs funding. >> yeah. >> and then big bird hair. >> just ahead. what could be the longest celebrity baby name ever? i don't know if we have time to say it all. >> and savannah makes us dinner after your local news. 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we find out this morning. >> that's exciting. as we head into the weekend, find out what's hot in music, movies and more, we have you covered, including the latest work from oscar winner helen hunt that's getting a lot of attention. in fact, helen is here live in studio to talk about it. >> very, very good. we will talk to helen in a couple minutes. natalie is standing by with a check of the headlines. >>> good morning to you, matt and al. back to the battleground states for the president and romney. the president speaking in virginia and romney in florida with paul ryan. last night they had jokes at the charity dinner. >>> the boy scouts apologized. the organization released 15,000 pages of perversion files. they protected alleged sexual predators to protect the boy scouts reputation. >>> a texas state judge said thursday a group of cheerleaders can display banners featuring bible versus at football games the rest of the season. he suggested a school district ban on the practice appears to violent free speech rights. a lawsuit challenging the banners is scheduled to go to trial next june. >>> remarkable progress record on malala yousufzai, the pakistani teen shot by the taliban. officials at the british hospital where she's being treated say she was able to stand up with the help of doctors and is communicating through writing. doctors believe she will also be able to speak. she was shot in the head earlier this month in pakistan in an assassination protempt because she promotes education for girls. >>> for a look at what's trending today, a quick round up of what has you talking online. disney's first la tina princess parked online debate. she makes her debut next month. with blue eyes, light skin, she doesn't fit the image of of typically latina. disney defenders say there is no typically latina look. we will talk about that later. >>> a baby elephant rescue in kenya has animal lovers stampeding to youtube. once the little one was freed from the hole, he ran for his mother for a heartwarming reunion. they say it is the intensity of elephants' affection for each other that makes them so special. >>> look at this clip from too many stars autism benefit, huge hit online. this girl with autism belted this out with her idol, katy perry. ♪ ♪ baby you're a fire work ♪ come on, show them what you're worth ♪ ♪ make them go oh, oh, oh, as you shoot across the sky sky sky ♪ >> she plays the piano beautifully, too. night of too many stars hosted by jon stewart airs sunday night on comedy central. >>> back out to matt and al. >> jon stewart. my allergies are acting up. it was very touching. >> that's nice. mr. roker, how about a check of the weather? >> we have nice friends here. bffs, first trip, hanging out, and a birthday girl. it is ladies night, yes, it's ladies night. show you what we've got as far as your forecast is concerned. milwaukee, tmj, showers, cool, 49 degrees. check out the fall foliage. we have the upper mississippi river valley, upstate, new england, near peak colors in the appalachians and out west in california and the pacific northwest. you look at what's going on today, wet weather in the northeast, heavy rain, thunderstorms, rain in the pacific northwest. showers in the upper great lakes into the ohio river valley. plenty of sunshine through texas into the southwest. happy birthday! both of you. all right. what's your name? >> emily. >> claire. >> happy birthday >>> 8:06. live picture over san raphael. the natural ac has been turned back on. 81 degrees today in livermore. you will be 76 in santa teresa. 71 degrees in san jose. temperatures are mild out there this morning. full deck of clouds this morning. 71 degrees out there. saturday and sunday, jacket weather returns to the bay area. >> that's your latest weather. turning 40? 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[ male announcer ] try a 20 pc bucket with 6 sauces. today tastes so good. >>> back here at 11:00 with what's new, what's up, what's in as we get you set for the weekend. thee experts standing by with the editorial director for "billboard" magazine. he's here with what's new in music, movies and move. >> good to be here. >> let's talk about movies, the one helen hunt will talk about in a couple of minutes. it's called "the sessions," stars across jonathan hawks. adult themes. >> the whole thing takes place in a tiny space. john hawks plays a character with polio and wants to lose his virginity. >> adult themes. a lot of nudity in the movie and done in almost an arthouse kind of a way. >> this is not like a titillating kind of thing. this is a really, really powerful story, and if you've forgotten at all this movie will make you remember why helen hunt is so amazing. >> oscar buzz on this one. >> big, big. >> "alex cross" hits theaters october 19th based on the james patterson books. not for the feint of heart. >> definitely not. a serial killer who does terrible, terrible things to people. if you're squeamish at all, not a movie for you. interesting to see tyler perry in a non-medea role. >> speaking of not feint of heart, "paranormal activity" opening up as well. >> scared to watch the trailers. super creepy and that silence goes a long way to add together bumps in the night. >> taylor swift has a new album coming out. what's the anticipation behind this? >> the whole music business is waiting to see if it sells a million copies. different style, more dance. >> gary clark is coming out with his first album, done singles before, collections before. do you think this will do well? >> i think it will do well. it will be a slow build, amazing guitarist. classic staffs, fans of eric clapton and jimi hendrix. >> on the concert front, one direction here in november. a lot of people lining up to buy tickets to see them. you can't buy a ticket anymore. you've got to go to the secondhand sites and get them for $2,000. >> and the boss out on tour as well. >> if you haven't seen him, you have to go see him. a reason why he's the boss. >> information on music and movies. as always, thanks for being here. >> a pleasure. >> now here's al. >> what's up in the world of celebrity gossip. we have rebecca here with the scoop. >> good morning to you. >> supposedly tomorrow justin timb timberlake and jessica biel getting married. in italy, very exciting. they told guests -- they didn't tell them where they were going. flew to europe and didn't know the final destination. some big celebrities, andy sandberg from justin's 'nsync band mates are there, beverly mitchell from "seventh heaven" and probably more to come. >> a gathering of the glitt glitteratti. demi moore's ex heating things up with mila kunis. >> he's sort of dragging it out, wanting more money out of the situation. >> really? >> he's the highest paid guy on tv. >> doesn't quite make sense. things are taking a little long. also, she's just not psyched that he's with mila and it's so public. >> what a surprise. >> what a surprise, right? >> and they were friends while they were married so it's not the ideal situation. >> kristen stewart and robert pattinson, what's the deal? >> completely on. photographed together and "breaking dawn" is coming out soon so the timing is interesting, and also the man who she had an affair with, rupert sanders, is back, at least in photographs with his ex-wife or wife, liberty rock. >> speaking of rupert sanders, director "snow white" and his wife seen together. in counseling sessions. they might reconcile well. everybody might end up heyward-bey after this crazy scandal. >> uma thurman and their baby announced the name of their baby girl, longest name in celebrity history. five names. rosalind arusha arkadina altalune florence thurman-busson, but nicknamed luna, and we're told that the name, each name in that five names, all have special meaning to her. that's why they went with such a long one. >> if you take an initial from each name it comes out boo boo. rebecca beanstalk, thank you so much. >> thank you. >> natalie. >> thank you, last but not least what's in when it comes to fashion and beauty. host of mtv's "style" joins us. you know what's stylish. you know what is fashionable before it hits the stores. >> seen all the trends and excited to show you a few that's been on the runways. >> starting first with makeup. you're wearing the smokey eye look beautifully. >> yes. >> a lot of people try to do this at home and it doesn't come out quite like that, but now they are making that easy. >> this is great. smokey eyes are great. it's a timeless evening look, but one thing that we're really seeing is women are starting to wear them during the day, so, you know, can you buy these at sephora but smokey eyes are a great look during the day. >> and the kits pretty much tell you how to do it which is great. in terms of accessories, ox blood is the hottest color going. >> it's huge and a great way to incorporate it in your wardrobe is through a staple bag. this one is from lamb. it's gorgeous. >> all price ranges here on the table, but it shows you can find it everywhere. >> exactly. another great thing that we're seeing right now is backpacks. backpacks are really fun and youthful. >> and everybody's wearing them, right. >> okay. what about iphone cases? >> iphone cases. one thing, an accessory you have with you 24/7 is your iphone. this is a great fun way to show your personality and kind of -- >> dress up your phone at the same time. >> exactly. >> and i love these -- these are now glasses or sunglasses, and this is part of their program. buy a pair, give a pair philosophy. >> it's amazing. with every sunglass or glass that you buy, they donate one to someone in need as well. so, you know, metals are a huge trend. the titanium frames are, you know, a great look, but then -- >> super light. >> super light, too, exactly. >> won't bother your nose so much. metal-capped shoes, a huge trend. all different kinds of shoes you see here including these doc martin looking boots. >> a sort of fun way to bring a trend into your wardrobe. i love what you have about, you know, there's boots, flats, heels. it's a great sort of way to -- >> rocks a classic look. kind of jazzes it up a little bit. >> absolutely. >> and in the beauty trend. >> oil. >> oils are great for your hair, skin, nails, you know. a lot of these products you can buy at sephora. that's a huge trend we're seeing as well, just beauty products in general oil. >> give that you glow. >> all about moisture. >> great to have you here, thank you. >>> coming up next, oscar winner helen hunt tells us more about her new movie and we'll check in with savannah as she is deep in the process. al roker giving her a little assistance there making dinner, but, first, these messages. 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[ male announcer ] shop now. get the hottest brands on your list today... like the lg 55 inch led tv. and put it on layaway now so you have more time to pay. walmart. >>> we're back now at 8:21. helen hunt won an academy award for her performance in "as good as it gets" back in 1997. she's getting a lot of oscar buzz for her latest role in "the sessions." hunt plays a sex surrogate hired to help a man with polio lose his virginity. >> so. >> your money is on the desk over there. >> yes, it is. thank you. >> that was the wrong way to start off. >> it really was. shall we start again. >> please, you start. >> although the aim is for us to have sex, i'm not a prostitute. you don't have to pay me up front. i have nothing against prostitutes, but there's a difference. we can talk about that later. >> i'm sorry. >> helen hunt, good morning. nice to see you. >> good morning. >> i watched this yesterday. it is -- it is beautifully told. it's incredibly touching, and i want to get to all that, but let's start with what your character just said. what's the difference between a sex surrogate and a prostitute. >> when i first -- i had never heard of this profession, and i thought, yeah, yeah, yeah. it's a prostitute, and -- and then i spoke to the real sheryl cohen green, the woman i play who still works as a sex surrogate. grandmother, beautiful cancer survivor, sex surrogate, and she explained as i do in the movie that one of the main differences is that she says i have nothing against prostitutes at all. the difference is that a prostitute wants your return business and the sex surrogate does not. a sex surrogate wants to help you realize your dream of having a whole sexual life. >> this is based on a true story of mark o'brien, and short story he wrote, a man with polio about seeing a sex surrogate. a very adult theme. some of the dialogue is as blunt as two people can be talking about sex, and yet at no point does it ever bowl over the viewer. >> no. it's an adult-themed movie, but i think parents should see it and go home and get their 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds and allow them to see sexuality on screen that isn't prurient or filled with shamor all the weird mood lighting that isn't really there in my life. >> right. and i think one of the things that will get a lot of attention here, maybe for good or for bad, is the nudity aspect of this. and are you nude this this film, and i don't mean a glimpse of a breast nude. >> all right, all right, all right. for god's sake. >> you're naked. >> i'm naked. >> and abuse the movie is so beautifully told the viewer almost forgets it. >> people keep saying this is a brave performance. brave means naked. i know what brave means. >> was it difficult to get that comfortable? >> yeah. i can i ever got that comfortable, but this -- but the woman that i played was, and just being in the room with her sort of gives you a break from your own -- the weirdness you have about sex in your mind that you don't even know that you have. so i thought my role in this movie is to come in and give the audience just a glimpse of what it might be like if we dropped all of our strangeness about sexuality. >> this becomes a love story, and, you know, your character is very clear in the beginning that there are rules to sex surrogacy. there are six sessions, and that's the limit, so no emotional lines will be crossed, but it becomes very clear that they are both having a difficult time with that. >> it does. i think what makes it a unique story, and most love stories, true to life or on the screen, i think mostly we're up for ourselves. i say i love you so you say i love you back, and in this case they come together for him, and when they sense that feelings that they are having might endanger that, they work very hard to make sure that at the end of these encounters he wins. >> you say him. john hawks plays mark o'brien. i don't know what it must have been like to transform himself into this character. >> he's just a beautiful actor so in a way any nerves that i felt was assuaged knowing i would have a dance partner that's just a world class actor. >> oscar buzz. i mean, is it possible to shoot a movie like this and bring a character like this off a page and on to the big screen without stopping and thinking about the fact that this could be one of those roles. >> oh, it's utterly possible. the idea that i was doing this movie thinking about that when i had all those other things to think about, i truly didn't, but, you know, if you have one with you, i'll take it. >> yeah, yeah. >> short of that, don't start with me. >> get ready, there's >>> good fday morning to you. 8:26. i'm laura garcia-cannon. the funeral for a murdered east bay teacher is taking place moments from now. friends and teachers will honor the life of susie coe. she was found stabbed to death in her home earlier this month. her car was missing. a couple has been arrested in connection with coe's death. they were arrested in washington state who spotted the couple driving coe's car. time to check the commute with mike. >>> we will take you to the oakland coliseum. look at the stream of headlights northbound 880. the overpass here, a disabled vehicle just removed from the roadway. look at the map and how slow it is past the coliseum. all lanes just cleared a few minutes ago. southbound is slow. recovering in toward fremont. 680 clearing up. now we have to recover back to the interchange. back to you, laura. >>> thank you. for the latest traffic and news updates, you can check out nbc bay area on facebook. we will have another update in half an hour. >>> 8:30 now on this friday morning, october 19th, 2012. and while our crowd enjoys the start of their day in rockefeller plaza, something's burning up here in the kitchen. it's my cooking skills. just ahead, we'll see if i will deliver on my promise to make a deliverance meal for matt, al and savannah. matt, this is piece of chicken, it's going right in. this oil has been heating a little too long, i think, but i think it's going to be fine, and if anything goes wrong i've got a little backup plan, pizzas for everybody. >> cute. >> there's a backup plan, guys. >> love to have a backup. >> okay. >> also ahead. >> we've got a documentary. just talked about helen hunt getting some oscar buzz. >> meanwhile a documentary that's getting an oscar buzz. >> getting a lot of buzz. >> yeah, exactly. >> this is a great program at a public program here in new york city. they are the powerhouses of chess. we're going to show you how chess is not only, you know, a great activity for them. it's actually changing their lives and allowing them incredible opportunities. >> and we want to share something with you. nbc news is partnering with "usa weekend" magazine to encourage people to volunteer and make a difference. and look who is on the cover. we've got savannah and matt, and the beautiful thing about this it's going to be on october 27th. that's make a difference day. read about it more in the current issue and check out -- >> my very wet current issue. >> didn't take long to deface us but that's all right. >> we're proud to announce that for the 19th year the "today" show toy drive is getting under way once again. it's always such a great time of year. celebrities will be coming back. they will be collecting your donations beginning november 26th on the plaza. you don't have to be here necessarily to donate. you can do it through amazon.com right now. just head to our website to find out how you can be a part, and we always appreciate the support and the help and so do all the charities. >> all right. meanwhile, remember last week we introduced you to 16-year-old miranda ferguson, the texas cheerleader who attempted to break the guinness book of world records for the most consecutive handsprings, and she did 35. we were not sure at the time whether that actually broke the record, but we are now back with miranda here on the plaza, and the representative of the "guinness books," mike ginella. >> good morning. >> good to see you. >> it's official. you are the guinness book of world record holder for the move consecutive handsprings. how do you feel, miranda? >> i'm so excited. >> it's fantastic. you did this in front of a big crowd down in texas. they were rooting you on. >> yes. >> and were you at all nervous that it was an official record? >> i was extremely nervous. there are so many like details that can go into it and the fact that i have it on. >> just to put it in perspective, you're in the guinness book of world records, felix baumgartner broke five world records as well for breaking through the sound barrier. >> oh. >> pretty impressive. are your high school friends going to think more of you for having this plaque at home? >> i don't know. maybe. >> but we've got some other records you might want to consider going after, okay. >> okay. >> also in the book, the most consecutive cart wheels or most cart wheels in a minute, 63. do you think you could do that? >> maybe. >> that doesn't sound -- that's more than one per -- >> how about the longest duration balancing on four fingers. >> that one seems more difficult. >> or the one that natalie wants. >> really wants this. >> the fastest time to entry zipped suitcase. >> i think i can do it. 5.43 seconds. >> that's how natalie saves money traveling. >> you won't up zip me out of there. >> mike, how long do you think this record will stand? >> a long time. >> the one before this was about a year and a half. we get so many applications for this record, one of the most popular ones of everybody says i can do that, i'll go do that right now. miranda delivered the goods so i think it will be a while. >> you going to pop, it miranda, going to keep it going? >> i'm thinking about it, maybe. >> ladies and gentlemen, the guinness book of world records holder. nice to have you back. >> thank you. >> mr. roker with >>> not raining here yet. good morning. live picture over san jose revealing not as much haze. back in the good air quality range. you're starting out mild in the city. 66 degrees now. 71 in the heat of the day. 81 in livermore. we have rain just around the corner starting late sunday night into monday and pretty much going to keep the rain chance in the mix through next weekend. >> and that's your latest weather. >> all right. still ahead. how the late-night comics are covering the presidential election, and savannah's cooking lessons d.they pay off? we'll find out when we sit down for a meal fit for kings and queens. but, first, this is "today" on nbc. thirty-eight mean? funding. restores what we've lost... music and science labs. and your school. can get a world-class education. and sacramento can't touch it. me? the sky's my limit. >>> back at 8:37. well chess has been called the game of kings played for thousands of years by presidents and prodigies, but to find the place where it is truly alive and thriving you have to go somewhere maybe unexpected. walk the halls of this public school in brooklyn is-318, and at first you might think you're in any ordinary middle school, but look in the classrooms, look up at the walls, look at the trophy case, and you'll soon realize this school is anything but average. it is a chess powerhouse. >> in the last ten years we've won over 30 national championships of all different types. we are considered the best scholastic chess program in the united states. >> this school lives and breathes chess. how did all of this get started? >> our chess team got started about ten years ago with just about ten kids, and it was just a regular old chess club, and our previous principal thought wouldn't it be great if we could go to nationals. we won one of the beginner sections, and we came in first place. >> the team now has 70 members, and with more national chess titles than any other middle school in the country, they are known as the yankees of chess. this year they even won the united states chess federation's national high school championship. there's a certain stereotype about chess kids, one i'm sure that you highly disagree with, and that's that they are nerdy kids, not the cool kids. a very different story in these hallways, right? >> in our school many people consider the chess players the stars of the school. we celebrate the kids on the chess team. it's cool to be smart. >> chess teacher elizabeth spiegel also stresses that the game is empowering students with skills that reach beyond the 46 squares on a chessboard. how do you think chess has changed these kids' lives? >> i think chess gives you a really profound confidence in your intellectual ability. i do hope they feel a deep belief in themselves and feel like they can teach themselves anything they want to learn. >> the chess program at is-318 is the focus of a new documentary receiving critical acclaim called "brooklyn castle." >> here to block your queens. >> wow, one, two, three, four, five attackers, fantastic. >> film-makers followed staff and students for a year following the highs and lows of a chess program at a program facing constant budget woes and a student body where nearly 70% are below the poverty line. >> the school has to be everyone having the same opportunity, whether you can afford that opportunity or not. >> provost, rischelle and justice, three of the students in the film, have mefd on to high school where they continue to excel in chess and in life. >> you said in the movie that chess really changed you. >> when i was younger, i was a bad kid, and i never really did anything, wasn't really active in school. well, chess, i guess, it gave me something -- it gave me something to look forward to every day. i was going to chess club after school and socializing with friends and playing chess. that's what i wanted to do. >> do you think chess is, you know, going to open that door for you to reach your dreams? >> definitely. i think chess has opened every single door that i've walked through. it's just so beneficial, and it's so helpful to my life, an i'm grateful for it. >> for these kids who never had a chance to leave new york city, chess also offers them the world. >> i have traveled across the country, and even out of the country. like i've been to south africa, greece. >> all to play chess. >> to play with the world youth. >> and for those who think chess is for nerds. i look at you and think, boy, you could be playing football. >> on the track team, played basketball for two years. i play chess. i'm not ashamed. who is going to come up to a 6'3" guy and say, hey, you're a nerd. >> it's not expected every student in the chess program will leave the school as a grand master, but it is expected they leave as confident young adults, preparing to make their next move. >> and the documentary "brooklyn castle" opens in limited release today and already won the audience award at south by southwest. getting some early oscar buzz, possible contender for best documentary, so a little film that could as well. >> absolutely fantastic. >> amazing. >> let's check in with savannah who is busy preparing us a delectable feast. >> gourmet. >> you'll be talking about it all weekend. testing my pasta. you want to know what we're having. >> what's on the menu? >> penne pasta with homemade tomato sauce, roasted eggplant and ricotta. >> you have to consult the menu? >> don't have it memorized. spanish spice-rubbed chicken breasts. braised carrots and leeks, salad with ven get and then a special dessert, jell-o mold. >> jell-o. >> that's going to take you a long time working those jell-o molds. >> i know. >> there's always room for jell-o. >> that is not done. >> i can't talk to you. >> we'll be honest but kind. >> this pasta is not done. even i know that. >> okay. >> we'll see you in a couple of minutes. >> okay. >> also. we'll have much more ahead. this is "today" on nbc. >> we're back now at 8:45 with today's extra yar. this morning the pittsburgh steelers chase rainey and his remarkable journey to the nfl. today contributing correspondent jenna bush hager caught up with him recently. jenna, good morning. >> good morning, matt, that's right. if you ask nfl players, they will tell you their teammates feel like family. when you ask running back chris rainey he'll tell you after growing up without his mom, a family is more than he could have ever hoped for. far from the lights of heinz field, chris rainey began his life behind bars. >> i was born in prison. >> reporter: chris was shuffled between foster homes until he was a teenager, always seeking a family. >> all i wanted to have is love and stuff like that. >> reporter: at times he lived with his grandmother who first introduced him to football so he could make friends. >> so basically my grandmother was tired of seeing me play football by myself. i used to throw the football as far as i can, run and go catch it. >> reporter: and youth football changed his life. there he met twins marquis and mike pouncey, big kids who even at a young age dominated the offensive line. was your friendship based on football or was it more than that? >> it was more than that. >> reporter: brothers and chris practiced together for hours and became teammates at lakeland high school where marquis and mike's parents watched the teens from the stands. >> he knew that they were going to block for him and he was going to, you know, make a touchdown. >> they had a great chemistry together. they had the same love for the game and passion. >> reporter: chris began to spend more and more time with the pounceys. >> i felt comfortable with them. they was just nice to me. it was just different from my family. so i started staying with them on weekends. >> reporter: those weekends turned to weeks. >> i went and told my mom. he's got to move in with us. our star running back, a guy we're so close to. i knew all the things that went on throughout his life and the troubles that he had. >> we knew he needed stability. we do co-see, that and he wanted the support and the love and we felt like we could offer it, and he seemed happen we he was over here so we just included him. >> it was an easy decision for us. >> when you moved in with them, how soon did you start to feel like this is my home? >> very soon. it happened fast, too. i think i got real close, and i just thought, i love this family, man. >> the three went to the national championship in high school and all won scholarships to the university of florida. is there a special chemistry that you have? >> we go like this and look at each other and we know what that means. >> marquis left for the pros in 2010 and went to the steelers and mike went a year later to the miami dolphins. chris entered the draft and after two days of waiting was drafted by pittsburgh. >> we're finally together again after me leaving college early and now we'll build more memories in our life. >> a lot of people say the steelers is one of those teams that's like a family. >> oh, yeah. >> yes. >> we're a band of brothers and so close and do so much stuff off the field together it feels like we've been with them all our lives. >> during the preseason chris burst on to the scene scoring his first nfl touchdown. >> it brought so much joy to me because i know that was rainey's biggest dream, to get his first touchdown in the nfl. >> a dream, lisa and robert worked for, three boys in the nfl. >> we didn't have a magic wand or anything. we just -- our kids were our main focus. >> you know, it says something very special about them that they would take in a friend. >> i want to say thank you, i know, for raising us and always being interest. >> proving family comes in different forms, and love creates a bond for a lifetime. you started out as friends, but what do you consider your relationship now? >> we're brothers. >> brothers. >> blood brothers, man. nothing will ever change that. >> and lisa and robert told us when all three boys are home for breaks, it's like they are still in high school, wrestling with each other and just having a good time. chris also says he has a good relationship with his biological family now, including his mom. >> although now that their size is what it is, they can break things when they wrestle probably. >> i really want those men wrestling in my house. i'm sure my husband really wouldn't want that either. >> thanks very much. >> thanks. >> catch the steelers taking on the bengals sunday night. catch that here starting with "football night in america." beginning at 7:00 p.m. >>> up next, the piece deresistance, savannah throws up a dinner . >>> this morning at "savannah's cooking school," the moment we've been waiting for, our dinner party. >> you guys hungry? >> yes. >> this is the first course. this is the pasta. we're going to go european style. >> how rude. >> i didn't serve natalie first. >> sorry, sorry. >> you're cooking, not serving. dive right in. >> it has eggplant in it, ricotta on the top, a little arugula. >> you did everything, the presentation as well? >> can't you tell i did the presentation. >> this is the pasta sauce you made this week with bobby. >> that's right. so we skipped a few steps because actually even our -- >> so good satchna. >> the cooks who cook every day say they couldn't do the whole thing in 45 minutes. >> it's delicious. >> amazing. >> thank you. >> i did get some help, as you were correct to point out, but i -- i did the best i could. >> you did an amazing job. >> this is something you can do by yourself at home. can you duplicate this? >> i think i could. >> the trick is for you to do it over and over again so you can do it without even thinking about it. >> i just learned something this morning, you'll laugh. i didn't know how to peel an eggplant or what to do. >> i'll get our next course. >> what is the most challenging part of this whole meal, savannah, as you walk your way over there? >> walking, and also organization, getting everything out at the same time, and obviously i had some help. this is the spice-rubbed chicken breast. >> that was great. >> i want you to notice it -- sorry, nat. >> sorry to rush you. >> i'll take that. >> we only have three minutes. >> we'll enjoy it. >> i know. >> don't forget to tip your server. this is the chicken with carrots and braised leeks. >> i braised it with the chicken stock that we made. >> all right. dive in there, tell me what you think. >> what kinds of spices were in the spice rub. >> cumin and paprika and i don't know, salt and pepper. a bunch. >> why are you laughing? >> it's seriously good. delicious actually. >> can i get some salt, savannah? >> i'm burning off 100 calories. >> doesn't need salt, you're kidding. >> i know. >> savannah, know you have more, but we have something for you, too. right. >> we got some gifts we wanted to give you. >> first of all. >> wait, that's nice. >> since you're probably going to be doing more cooking now at home, wanted to get you a great set of knives. >> this is a really nice set. this is exciting. >> absolutely. >> every good chef has knives. >> and you're going to now use some of your cooking prowess on thanksgiving which is coming up. >> yes. >> we got you this framed copy of the butterball hotline. >> i know, because bianca and lish who work in the kitchen every day, i guess you're not available on thanksgiving. i have to say thank you to them. >> did we show our beautiful jell-o mold and there's a salad. >> that we didn't get to. >> have all the recipes on the website. >> there's the camera right there. >> don't drop the jell-o mold. >> nice job. >> thanks to bobby flay as well. >> thanks to bobby flay. >> we're back with more after this. >> thing of beauty. >> this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. >> are we going to say we know where that guy was. >> didn't directly answer that question so i'll put it to you. >> a bit surreal to vote for your husband for president? >> aerosmith is going to be walking our way live on the plaza. they have never done a morning show before. >> right. >> and i think that's because they are up all night partying. ♪ girl i'm gonna show you how to do it ♪ >> al, al, al. >> vote for me. >> natalie better get out of the way. >> look who is here. chris rock is on the deck. >> duran duran's john taylor, good morning, good to see you. >> good morning. >> i promise not to stalk you during this interview. >> that's okay. >> how is that for an answer? >> that's a terrible answer. >> yeah. nice. >> get out of here! >> i can just tell you right now, this isn't going perfectly. >> the man behind alex cross, author james patterson right after this. >> bless you, natalie. >> $65 here. >> yes. >> how long can you hold that pose? >> got my thumb in there. >>> good friday morning to you. i'm laura garcia-cannon. people in santa clara county will have to dial differently tomorrow. callers will have to dial 1 and then the area code if they are dying dialing a 408 code. the change is simply because the county ran out of the 408 numbers. >>> what about the numbers when it comes to the forecast? christina. >> good morning. it will be warm today. we will start 81 degrees by friday. we will cool down to the mid-60s and a lot of rain next week. the heaviest rain will come down on tuesday. >>> we're back now with more of "today" on a friday morning. it's the 19th of october, 2012. a wet start to the weekend here in new york city. hopefully it's nicer where you're waking up this morning. a nice crowd of people outside. and these people are cheering the kitchen skills of savannah guthrie in cooking school all week long with bobby flay who absolutely came and delivered on this friday morning. the meal you prepared for us, i'm not kidding, it was fantastic. >> so glad. >> cheers. >> thank you so much. >> i had fun and actually learned something. >> to bianca and the staff. >> well, they did a great job helping me. you know what, that's the secret weapon having the experts next to you. saying is my chicken burning. >> you could do this by yourself. >> especially now that i've practiced. >> my gift to you, matt, diswashing gloves. >> thank you. great. >> here, al. >> not quite sure where she was going with that. >> a little turn your head and cough moment. not sure what that was. >> suddenly the show took an ugly turn. >> give him a little wine, things go crazy meanwhile coming up, a great story to tell you about. it's a great fish tale. some guys out trying to catch a 600-pound marlin. look what happens there. >> the marlin is not happy about it. >> yeah. >> so we're going to show you a little bit more of that. >> wow. >> talk about animal house, got animal house around here, everything from porcupines to owls in our call of the wild. >> oh. >> very cute. >> don't pet it though. >> kind of like the matt lauer of porcupines. >> but right now as we continue to scarf down our food, let's go downstairs to natalie morales at the news desk. natalie. >> good morning, savannah and al. good morning, everyone. a large explosion in central beirut where a car bomb detonated in a christian neighborhood. at least two people have been killed. 15 others were wounded. the blast set several cars in a multi-story building on fire. comic relief on the campaign trail in new york city as president obama and republican challenger mitt romney traded quips at the al smith charity dinner, but this morning it's back to the battleground states. the president delivers a speech at george mason university in virginia while romney rallies with running mate paul ryan in florida. on monday the two will face off for their third and final debate focusing on foreign policy. >>> the boy scouts of america have released thousands of pages from the ornization's so-called perversion files. the documents date from 1959 to 1985 and show how time after time local officials covered up allegations of child sexual abuse, protecting scout masters from accusations and molestation. today the boy scouts are required to report accusations of abuse and volunteers are given background checks. convicted child sex abuser jerry sandusky is seeking a new trial, filing documents thursday attacking the evidence presented against him and how quickly his case proceeded from arrest to trial. sandusky is currently behind bars awaiting transfer to state prison where he'll begin serving a 30 to 60-year sentence. >>> the fda has confirmed that a fungus behind the nationwide meningitis outbreak has been found in unopened viles of steroid medication. made in august by the new england compounding center in framingham, massachusetts, more than 250 fungal meningitis cases, including at least 20 deaths, have been linked to the drug. >>> after the largest survey of its kind, gallup estimates that 3.4% of american adults identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. the study was based on more than 120,000 interviews. the report's lead author says he hopes the findings will fight stereotypes and show the diversity of the lgbt community. >>> cutest doctor's visit ever. this has to be a contender. take a look. the san diego zoo's 11-week-old panda cub got another checkup and now he's taking clumsy baby steps just like any toddler. the little guy is sprouting his first teeth and making some adorable baby squeals. so cute. >>> a massachusetts man who recently lost in love has found a way to get over his broken heart. he won the lottery. 22-year-old sandi singh won $3 million in a mega millions drawing this week and took the $16 million lump sum payout. >> do you have a lucky girlfriend? >> no lucky girlfriend so just broke up with her. thank god. she broke up with me, but right now i'm not really worried about it, yeah. i was heartbroken at first, but now i'm -- i'm getting over it. >> her loss, but his gain. he's been working two jobs, plans to pay off his mother's house and go to college. good for him. five minutes after the hour right now. let's go over to al with a check of the weather. >> like that joke, pack your bags. >> buh-bye. >> natalie, thanks so much. it's raining quite a bit here in the northeast. let's take a look and see what we've got. a big low pressure system over the great lakes and another one forming along the mid-atlantic states that. one over the mid-atlantic is going to be really generating a lot of rain as it makes its way to the north. heavy showers and thunderstorms from washington all the way up into new england. rainfall amounts anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of rain from the interior of new york all the way down to the delmarva peninsula, and out in the pacific northwest, another system coming onshore. that's bringing rain as well, and that rain will last about through the weekend. for them look for heavier amounts. 1 to 2 inches in interior sections of the pacific >>> 9:05. you made it to friday. good morning. i'm meteorologist christina loren. highs today will be 10 degrees cooler than yesterday, but staying warm and mostly sunny. 81 in livermore. 78 in concord. 74 in fremont. 74 in san francisco. look at what is headed our way. sunday night, showers. monday morning, could be a washout. be ready to take time for the commute on monday morning. as we get into next week, we're talking about rain heavy at times on tuesday and wednesday. >> al, thanks. time now for today's "take 3" where the three of us give our take on three stories catching our attention and yours and adding his two cents is a comedian on the shaquille o'neal comedy tour kicking off in new york city today. also the author of a new book, right? >> "your girlfriends only know so much," a relationship, dating book. >> what do we not know? >> exactly. read it. >> that's what i love. just read it. read it. >> 30 seconds, read it. >> read it. >> that's what you need to do. >> when i think comedy, i think shaquille o'neal. >> great brand, going all over the country. >> we're excited for you. that's great. >> absolutely. >> let's do our takes here. take one, disney's first latina princess, princess sophia getting ready to make her tv debut and then in a television series geared to the 2 to 7-year-old kids, and it's drumming up some controversy, ruffling some feathers in the latina community saying she doesn't look latina enough. you see she has blue eyes, sort of that strawberry blond or reddish hair. >> is there a latina look? >> that's the thing. the disney defenders are saying there is no such thing as a latina look. in my opinion as a latina, this is something, i have many people say you're puerto rican, you don't look puerto rican, and what does a puerto rican look like. >> you're puerto rican. >> there you go. >> there you go. >> you didn't know. >> wow. >> there is no playing into the stereotype. >> is there an hispanic look. i would expect dark eyes and dark hair and just to kind of make it obvious. >> christina would organize with you. >> there are so many different kinds of hispanic. you go to venezuela, argentina and you've got very european looking hispanic latinas. >> if you're going to roll it out. >> blond, green, blue eyes, come in all colors and type. >> go with the majority of what hispanic women look like, the majority. >> disney is not calling it out that she's latina and some people have actually said that that's what they are a little bit upset with. if she's a latina say it and be proud of it and let us identify. >> her mother is queen of enchancia. >> that's nowhere near puerto rico. >> that's puerto rico. >> here we go. >>> let's take two. i love this video. this is amazing. it's a fishing trip in australia. do you like fishing? >> i love it. >> okay. then you'll love this. 600-pound blackmar lynn gets reeled in. well, he's not happy about it. >> he reeled himself in. >> gosh. >> boom. >> we've got several different angles here. >> wow. >> this is pretty incredible stuff. they are trying to get him in, and then, you know, i'm not getting him that easy. >> catch and release. >> well, he jumped up there and said who is bothering me? what is this? >> glad you had me. >> one angle that we'll get to, actually the ladder goes flying and knocks one of the fishermen down. >> i'm saying they are really lucky somebody didn't get hurt there. >> i can't tell. did they actually hook him. >> they had speared him. >> okay. >> and see that long -- the long snout part. >> yeah. >> you don't want to get near that. >> that one -- that one guy gets clocked with the ladder. >> that -- that would actually be my last fishing trip. >> look at that. >> the marlin actually had a camera. that was amazing. >> an iflip. >> iphone 5. >> got back down to the marlin bar and said, you know, i showed them. >> it's tough out there fishes jumping on the boat. >> pumpkin portraits. portraits carved into fruits and vegetables. we can show you avocado, acorn squash, a darth vader pumpkin. >> whoa. >> wow. >> look at that. >> this is art. >> sunflower in a pumpkin and watermelon santa claus, ten-foot dragon. the work of sean feeney, artist and master carver from long island. he's here and we gave him a challenge. can you take three pumpkins and sculpt our faces in them, and here is the result. >> let's take a look at what we have here. >> wow. >> easy to tell which one is al. >> yeah. >> me or cee lo green. >> yes. >> it's the first latina pumpkin. >> all right. >> who is this? >> that's you. >> like looking in the mirror. >> that's larry king. >> how long did these take for you to do? >> portrait pumpkins take at least about five hours each. >> wow. >> in addition to doing a lot of web search of your faces. >> al is pretty distinguishable. >> the 3-d part of the glasses. >> i made time lapses of the carving. >> very cool. >> how long does it take? >> about five hours. >> that's amazing. >> how did you learn to do this? >> i have a background -- >> tell the truth. >> actually was a forensic artist for the southern county police out in long island for two years and worked in the art department at industrialite magic for two years. >> bringing the pumpkins to life. i kind of look a little like an eskimo. >> where's mine? >> sorry. >> this one is yours. >> oh, there you go. >> there you go. >> took him two hours to do the glasses, and you just took it off. >> go to today.com and vote on which pumpkin, savannah, al or natalie is the most realistic. >> they got to see the close-ups. here's savannah. put the image next to your pumpkin. >> al. do your pumpkin face. >> okay. >> and who does it look more like? >> and then here? >> okay. >> that's amazing. >> okay. >> good job. very impressive. >> you're very bus they time of year, huh? >> very busy month for me. >> but your art doesn't last. >> i take video and photographs. >> best thick about it it's an appetizer after this. >> exactly. >> i can fry that up now that i have my cooking skills. thank you so much. good luck with the book. we want to know what we don't know. >> all right. >> and we want to leave you with a bonus take, the political comedy roundup. >> folks, follow your instincts on this one. >> my instincts say that paul ryan is getting his [ bleep ] kicked in did they bait. >> oh, yeah, what's that like? >> how many times a week does biden show up in a wet bathing suit to a meeting? just ballpark figure. >> i -- i had to put out a presidential directive on that. we had to stop that. >> you got to put towels down. got to say though he looks pretty good. >> lindsay lohan has at long last revealed which presidential candidate she backs. >> as of now i think it's mitt romney, as of now. >> as of now. as of now. she hits a car with an obama bumper sticker, that could change, but as of now, she's endorsing mitt romney. >> one of president obama's goals tonight is to win back female voters. yeah. yeah, which explains why obama is going to answer every question with a passage from "fifty shades of grey." >> personally i don't even know why they had a debate. as far as i'm concerned this race was over last night when honey boo boo child made her official endorsement. who are you going to support for president, mitt romney or barack obama? >> barack obama? >> that's right. >> she's voting for moraco obama. >> i'm putting together a whole scrapbook of the 2012 campaign, and i don't -- i have these great pictures from the two debates. do you know which debate was which? >> cute, jon. >> all right. that does it for us for the moment. can you go to today.com and vote on which pumpkin is most realistic. we'll be right back. 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>> i'm like samuel jackson but i can't say what he said about snakes. this weekend, exciting or fun or over the line is this would you put your kid in a pool with tigers? go from snakes to tigers. pool parties where children can swim with baby tigers. >> wow. >> and "law & order" seu known for its gritty crime stories and famous guest stars. we'll preview the she's 300th episode where jenna makes a special appearance. >> she's not a body, is she? >> you know, i didn't ask her. she had a line. >> oh, okay. >> or a line drawn around her. >> that was good, natalie. >> plus, with the last presidential debate on monday, i'll head to the battleground state of florida. we'll do the broadcast from there on sunday to look at why it is such a key swing state, and we'll hear from the all important undecided voters. all that and more when we see you this weekend san snake on "today." >> if you save this for the snake segment, may not make it to the weekend. >> exactly. >> might be a big bulge inside the snake. >> someone lock the studio doors. >> big concerts and left you are, you're a big musician. mill valley, california, to benefit the coming home project, a counseling project for wounded veterans to help them re-enter civilian life and find work. in addition to rocker sammi hager and the grateful dead's bob weir, cnbc's senior economics reporter steve liesman will be playing with his band the moon cussers. who knew. >> where did he get that name, from the moon cussers? >> probably go out and cuss at the moon most likely. >> look at that. >> i didn't know that. >> steve has another side to him. >> see, who knew. >> all of us have different sides, including you being a good chef. >> yeah. >> you and lester need to jam. >> we do. >> what are you doing this weekend? >> you've got to work, sorry. >> i've got four shows i do, but other than that i'm wide open. >> we'll get a check of the weather. >> let's look at your weekend, starting off with tomorrow. fall foliage. it's past peak up through the upper great lakes, the new england area, and upstate new york and also through the rockies, but still plenty of color down through the south and central california. saturday, we've got wet weather in the pacific northwest, plenty of sunshine and warmth through the lower half of the country and then sunday we expect to see, again, some more showers in the eastern great lakes. mountain snows in the cascades and rain in the pacific northwest. sunny and warm weather conditions, gulf coast into the southeast and mid-atla >>> friday is happening in our neck of the woods. i'm meteorologist christina loren. you are at 66 degrees in san jose. temperatures will be about 10 degrees cooler. our air quality has improved with a return of onshore flow. it will strengthen through the next couple of days. 81 in livermore. 70 degrees in san francisco. look at what changes. we have jacket weather by sunday. rain monday and tuesday. >> and after weekends with lester it gets really good on sunday night "football night in america." that's right. we've got the pittsburgh steelers going into paul brown stadium as they take on the bengals. they are both 3-3. who will break the tie? 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>> definitely smells a little there, mr. magoo. >> with porporcupines, they don shoot the quills out. >> they come out really, really easily. it's like when we get goose bumps, basically. when they get startled they will puff up and quills come out. do you want to touch him? >> okay. >> as long as you do the right direction. >> do it the right direction be careful. they have microscopic barbs at the end of each quill. >> now like i'm going to touch him. >> it's great. >> they will stop you. if they get embedded in your skin they will expand due to the heat of our blood. >> embedded quills in my skin that will expand. what's so funny -- >> what's the best part about this, corbin? >> you guys -- >> the best part is i'm not touching that porcupine. >> okay. >> just for me. >> just for you. i barely know you. >> i know, right. >> just be careful. >> look at that. you're fine, you're fine, you're fine. >> isn't that great. >> all his quills are just modified hair made out of keratin. >> every one of those quills are numbered. >> is that a beautiful animal. >> the next animal. i was going to ask what he likes to eat. that's okay. we're fine. we can move on. >> savannah cut this for him. >> actually no wonder he doesn't want to eat it. >> this is great. this is great. this is actually one of africa's most voracious predators. >> trying to kiss you. >> that's actually. >> why do you keep bringing him closer? >> i'm sorry. >> he wants to kiss you, al. >> having a moment. >> have such a habit, has a great sense of smell, excellent sense of smell. this eats almost every ant, everything. >> that's how he's able to get it with that forked tongue. >> that's how he finds. >> look at that. >> i think he really likes you. actually might smell mr. magoo which is not a good thing because mr. magoo is a rodent and junior eats rodents. >> this has danger written all over it. >> wait until you see what comes up. >> he lives by the water. >> lives by the water. excellent, excellent swimmer, take a look at the nostrils, right on top. right on top of the skull. they can hold their breath under water for up to an hour. >> and they are very smart. >> as smart as a 3 or 4-year-old child. he is potty trained. >> oh, wow. >> recognizes his owners. >> apparently loves you, too. >> you guys want to touch him? >> i'm good. >> i'm good, trust me. >> no microscopic barbs here. >> that embed in my skin. sounded so great. >> let's bring out gabriel. this is beautiful. come over here. >> i'll come over here. >> this guy here -- >> he's stuck. >> magnificent. magnificent bids of prey, this is a great-horned owl. been an ambassador for over 19 years, you guys. >> gorgeous. >> they get the name from the ear tufts right there, and check out his swing span. look at this. check out the wingspan. beautiful. >> is it true he can eat a skunk? >> he can. you did your research. >> or a small al roker. >> birds really don't have a strong sense of smell so it allows them to eat things like skunk. one of the animals that does. eats over 200 prey species. >> they can turn all the heads around. >> that's on halloween. >> come over here, guys. the best part, natalie. >> i'm not doing this. >> come in here, mark. >> no, no, no. >> we have to be -- >> mark is going to hold my end of the bargain up here. >> mark gets to hold the tail end. >> good. >> natalie. >> i have a snake thing. >> she is a -- >> you wear them, just don't touch them. >> are you serious. >> natalie, you better not. i'm going to come get you right now. this is a reticlated python, currently squeezing me, from southeast asia. >> hey, why don't you pet the porcupine while you're at it. >> and you wanted me to hold the snake? okay. >> the last time you'll ever see me on the "today" show. >> over 33 feet. >> can you really talk? >> why is this wet at the bottom. >> don't worry. >> she's just soaked. >> she just had a bath. >> they can get 33 feet long, so she's only 17.5. imagine, literally almost twice this. so insane. >> what do pythons eat? >> monkeys, pigs, even deer. >> deer, wow. >> do they eat a porcupine. >> i don't think so. i wouldn't want to touch mr. magoo. they have been known to eat humans in southeast asia, but -- >> that is fantastic. >> that is very, very rare. >> what a great thing. >> oh, she's just beautiful and going right towards you. >> yeah, great. they can smell. you have to be very careful with these snakes, do i have to say. >> as we're obviously being. >> corbin, you're never coming back. >> i know. >> we loved having you while you were here. >> thank you. >> the snake says i'd love having you, too. >> coming up next, how to unplug and thoroughly enjoy your weekend, but first these messages. so... 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[ female announcer ] dove is different. its new breakthrough formula changes everything. new dove. this is care. now all general mills big g kid cereals have more whole grain than any other ingredient in cereals like lucky charms and cinnamon toast crunch, the delicious way to help them grow up strong. >>> well, it's friday. who isn't lacking forward to the weekend, but with blackberries and cell phones and e-mail do you ever really unplug. gail is a psychologist and "today" contributor. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> even though it's the weekend a lot of us don't actually take the weekend off. looking down at things. >> none of us take the weekend off. in fact, amazed how many families are sitting together in a room looking at only the tops of each other's heads because we're all doing this the whole time. >> no conversation. >> no conversation, plugged into our own device, and we're losing out. >> you say play is essential to give our bodies a break so what do you suggest we did to make it more of a hand in. >> first of all, really limit screen time. >> yeah. >> that's not just phone time, that's all device time. limit to yourself how many hours a weekend are you going to give yourself? how many hours a week are you going to give your kid? don't bring your devices. if you're going out to do something together, with everybody, have to worry about them, use it, it will be very tempting, and you have to instigate play. we've lost out on play. it breeds imagination, flexibility, perseverance, so many interest rates that you want to have as an adult and you want your kids to have. plus, it bonds you together. people are lonely. >> right. >> because they are existing but not together. >> yeah. >> and play creates that intimate bond, and we've lost out on all things we used to do when we were young. >> right. >> like hopscotch and build a tent. go in the backyard, i don't know, figure it out. it's the figuring it out that actually lends to the imagination. >> all that good bonding time, but then also, as you said, the imagination, the creativity as adults, i think we are so mentally dry when it comes to -- >> next, next, next. >> we're just always looking at something. >> important to play. if it's a fun sport for you to do, something fun to see together, going to see a sport together, but also when you play with your kids, it's returning to lake adults really have fun playing charades, and they can have fun playing with their kids. >> haven't played charades. >> those old-fashioned games you used to play, the perfect ones for stimulating your mind and relaxing your body, and they bring great joy. >> right. >> if you do that with your kids, you'll laugh, and it really enhances your family bond. >> great advice, thank you so much. >> thank you. >>> coming up next in the kitchen, putting the veggies front and center for dinner, but first this is "today" on nbc. have you heard of the new dialing procedure for the 408 and 669 area codes? no, what is it? starting october 20, 2012, if you have a 408 or 669 number, you'll need to dial 1 plus the area code plus the phone number for all calls. o.k., but what if i have an 408 number and i'm calling a 408 number? you'll still need to dial 1 plus the area code plus the phone number. so when in doubt, dial it out! >>> good morning. in today's kitchen, what's on the menu. vegetables. our chef is here along with the vegetable farm manager, jack algiery. >> and very good friend. >> like to call him farmer jack. big bounty up there. is all this stuff -- >> right now just a little sample of what we have for the next month coming, too. >> you grew all that. >> beautiful, right. >> i can see why he's your friend. >> yeah, right. >> i'm only as good as he is. >> tell us about the icc also. >> we're partnering, jack and i are partnering with the icc, the international culinary center to produce a one of its kind program to train the next generation of chefs about this kind of relationship, this kind of friendship. >> the vegetable, the farmer. >> also raising meats on the farm, too. you'll get a little meat today, too, but vegetable is the focus. >> i've never seen carrot under a brick. >> we roast the carrots for half an hour starting out with jack's big beautiful carrots. >> gorgeous. >> took from the ground yesterday. we roast it, and then we're going to weight it under a brick for a few minutes and open it up, what have you got, a stake. >> that's crazy. >> carrot stick. you need to work with jack's carrots, because anything else falls apart. >> what are you dredging that in? >> just a little bit of flour. going to make a chicken cutlet, lack at this, and then a little bit of bread krumps, and then i would say fry it, but it's really like a very light saute, okay. >> are there other vegetables you can do that with. >> parsnips, want to grab one of these parsnips. anything from the farmer's market that has roots. we use parsley root, beets, bloody beet steak. >> i'll have mine rare. and how long do you cook it on each side? >> two, three minutes. >> but i have one i just did here. we'll run over here. i want you to take a taste of this. >> i do, i want to. >> all you talk about is bobby flay. but i want you to talk about me. >> you're feeling a little bitter today. what's going on here. >> this is -- this is apricot. we stewed some apricots and a little bit of water, vinegar, a touch of sugar, just a tiny bit and made kind of like a mustard, right, and then this is -- hello. just in time. good to see you. >> this looks great. >> this is lamb from the farm, made a little usa. >> love this. >> the meat is the accompaniment. >> i'm going to try that. >> that is great. >> that is fantastic. >> sorry, didn't mean to reach over. >> you come on in. this is a party. >> so good. >> good to taste it with the apricot, together. >> delicious. >> and in a way you kind of -- in a sense you disguise the vegetables for kids. >> well, okay. yeah. carrot cutlet. >> that is amazing. >> just a nice way to eat a good hearty meal without having too much meet. >> and farmer jack. >> thank you. >> a pleasure. >> thanks, guys. >> coming up next, kathie lee and hoda right after your >>> good friday morning to you. 9:56. i'm laura garcia-cannon. a nasty accident leaves team oracle damaged catamaran out of commission until next year. the team has to wait three or for months to be built for the racer. the catamaran's wing was shredded this week in a training run. the wing sail will arrive earlier in the year which is supposed to be used for a second ac-72. it will be used to replace the damaged sail. let's che the forecast with meteorologist christina loren. >>> thanks. we have the big ridge of high pressure finally drifting to the east. the jet stream takes a dip to the south. we have rain on the way early next week. wait until i show you the seven-day outlook. 76 in santa teresa. 71 degrees in san francisco. a very mild start. as we head through saturday and sunday, we shave off ten to 15 degrees from today's highs. monday and tuesday, the rain comes in. heavy at times on tuesday. a wet rainy week on wednesday. mike, let's check the drive. >>> that was fancy music. that is not so fancy. at high street, we have a few clusters. the map shows you recovering north through the area. the southbound side is looking better. the peninsula side into palo alto is lighter, but still slow. especially north out of mountain view. and 85 into northbound 280, slow drive there. accident just reported there. 101 coming past the airport. laura. >>> thank you, mike. thank you for joining us. for the latest traffic and news updates, check out nbc bay area on facebook. have a great weekend. >>> from nbc news this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >>> yes, indeedy, you made it, everybody, to tri-day friday, october 19th. so glad you're with us today. >> yes, we've had a week of "scandalous" previews. the reviews are in from our viewers. people keep writing into our facebook. nina writes this, "kathie lee, we loved "scandalous" on friday night, can't wait to see it again. the humor, the hunk." >> pretty much naked the entire second act, nobody seems to mind. >> they were very sweet. >> so sweet. you know what blows my mind, hoda, every single night, lovely foursome yesterday said we drove in from ohio. it just means the world. >> wow, wow. >> i was having -- i was at gallagher's right beforehand and they were at another table. the guys, of course, were saying -- frank, where's frank? you want to talk to him? poor frank, he was on the phone 20 minutes with these guys talking about ohio state football. it's making people happy. >> it's really great. and we're starting our wednesday lunches next coming week. we look forward to meeting you. >> i'm going to try to talk frank on doing it saturdays with me. i don't see him otherwise. bring your husband on a saturday matinee. trying to work that out. >> meet the gifford. okay. >>> so here's our headline. suri meets siri. we'll explain. suri is on the horn, as she's known to be. she's talking on the phone. sometimes you see her in high heels, sometimes with a fancy bag. now she's got her cell phone. anyway, there is a question about whether or not kids suri's age, how old is she, six? >> i think she's six. >> whether or not kids like that should have cell phones. she's next to her mom, so clearly she's not, you know -- >> maybe she has a special phone to call her daddy. that could be that. i think phones, first of all, we don't know enough about them, i'm sorry, with the brain yet for developing brains. mine's -- forget it, no hope for my brain, but little kids who are developing, i'd like a little more research before i'd give a small child a cell phone. but in today's world, you want every tool you can have to keep your children safe. so i think i -- >> go for the phone? >> once your child is leaving the safety of home in one way or another, i would give them a cell phone. i would put real reservations on it. >> i think there's got to be a way you can just dial certain numbers. can't have all the access to the internet and everything else. >> for emergencies. no downloading of porn unless you're at least 10. what a world. never have to worry about that when i was growing up. >>> let's talk about parenting. this is so funny, you guys. you're going to like this. this is called "prep for becoming a parent" in the daily mail. things you should think about before you become a parent. >> these are the steps, whether you're a parent or not. step one, preparation. ladies, to prepare for pregnancy, stick a big bean bag in front of your moo-moo. >> that's what it's going to be like. men, go to a local chemist, tip your contents on the counter and tell the pharmacist to help himself. read the newspaper for the last time. >> find a couple with children and suggest ways to improve their sleeping habits, toilet manners, overall behavior. enjoy it. last time in your life you have all the answers. >> number three, walk around the living room for hours at a time carrying an eight-pound wet bag. sleep an hour and repeat for five years. >> forget the bmw, buy a practical five-door wagon. buy a chocolate ice cream cone, put it in the glove compartment, leave it there. insert a coin into the cd player, take a box of cookies and smash them on the seat. >> if you pick it up, more tomorrow. >> step five? >> conversations with children. repeat everything you say at least five times. start talking to an adult of your choice. have someone else continually tug on your shirt, hem, or shirt sleeve while playing a recording of "mommy, mommy, mommy." you get the joke. >> here's step six, the last one. put on your outfit for work, mix a cup of cream and lemon juice, do not change, you don't have time, go directly to work. >> that's preparation for parents. >> i like that. i'm into that. >> make sure you find a really great nanny and enjoy your life. >>> this is interesting, if you wonder what kind of a style you have, home decor, clothes, all that stuff, there is an app that helps you find out what your style s. >> it's from home goods. >> here's the deal, if you look closely, there are 36 photos, some of them show beads, lips, glass of wine -- whatever. >> i didn't see a glass of wine. >> i know, i would have picked it too. you pick on five of those things and they do some kind of crazy thing and spit out what your decor personality is. >> which ones did you pick? >> mine, i picked the flower floating, the buddha, i don't know if you see it there -- is this mine? anyway, i picked some other ones. bottom line is, when it was all over, mine is fall life. look at mine. look at me. breathes calm into the whole world. that's what i do. >> and to those who inhabit it. since when? >> i understand how to create inner peace in my own home and my home feels like a calming spa. >> have you ever been to your home? >> namaste, baby. >> i like mine. in other words, hoda was faking the test. >> i like the beach. i have a framed buddha, it's a framed picture. i like white flowers and my apartment is all white. >> so is mine. they are quite different. >> let's go to your chart. here's what you picked. things we can't see. you picked the beach and bright colors. >> pianese, they are my favorite flowers. layer upon layer of beauty. so i am boho with a touch of country. can't get enough of foraging for a good deal. that's not true, and matching silk and knit textures and vibrant colors. >> go to homegoods.com/style. >> i said esccpp, yes, i did. >> you know what, websites are hard. here's the thing, we say them, people don't remember them. we say them, they go what did she say? >> you have to go on our website to get it. i can tell you to go do it. >>> all right, here's the thing, if you got to get here by land or by sea, here's the thing for you. >> let's pretend you commute and have to go over bridges and who wants to waste that kind of time driving. instead of going over the bridge and having to pay the toll, why not get one of these? it's a car/boat. >> it's called a quad-ski. >> apparently, you drive into the hudson and drive across it. then you get out and it turns back into a car and it can go 45 miles an hour. >> up to 45 miles an hour on water as well. >> it's pricey. >> $40,000. >> who's going to buy it, come on. >> i'm going to save my pennies. when i drive in in the morning, i can see new york city from the backyard. if i could get on my dock, get on a quad-ski. but that's why god made laura and mary, drive me off, donna. >> i like the name. >> quad-ski. >>> are you ready for friday's funny? come on, stop it. [ laughter ] >> what is it? >> he was urged by his wife to send us this one. a man and his wife were awakened by a loud pounding on the door, the man goes to a door where a drunken stranger standing in the pouring rain is asking for a push. not a chance, says the husband, it's 3:00 in the morning. slams the door and returns to bed. who was that, asks his wife, just some drunk guy asking for a push. did you help him, she asked? no, i did not, it's 3:00 in the morning and bloody pouring out there. you have a short memory, says his wife. don't you remember three movants ago when we broke down and someone helped us? you should be ashamed of yourself. god loves drunk people too, you know. the man got dressed, called into the dark, are you still there? yes, comes the answer. do you still need a push? calls out the husband? yes, please, comes the reply from the dark. where are you, asks the husband? over here on the swing. you know, it's really hard to find jokes that aren't dirty that are funny, but i want to thank them for sending it in. >>> let's bring on our good friend ms. bobbie thomas. >> getting thinner by the minute. >> it's a good outfit. >> by the way, going to be a bridesmaid. >> tonight, tonight. i'm so excited. megan coff is getting married to brent, who's a wonderful man. >> we're all going to be there wishing her well. >> really excited about the latest and greatest in hair care you can think of like makeup and laura, our hair maven said she wants everything on the table. okay, first up, primer. think of makeup primer for your face, this is a company jennifer aniston just invested in. you put it in your hair when it's wet, whether you want a curly style or straight style, it keeps the style ten times long. it's amazing, works really, really well. next, this is like powder for your hair, just like makeup powder on, it's so hot right now. >> what do you do with it? >> what's the reason? >> you pump -- >> come on. >> the powder will help blend in at the root exactly -- >> this is laura we always talk about. >> what do you do with the powder? >> brush the powder in and it gives you amazing volume all of a sudden without hairspray. >> you have the world's greatest hair. >> on the go, you can give you that fluff. but this is one of my personal favorites, dry textcurizing spray. >> hoda hair? >> last but not least, this is foaming gloss from rita hazan. this is like lip gloss for your locks. you put it on in the shower between shampoo and conditioner and it helps you extend color between coloring. it's amazing. >> bobbie, you're great. >> the best. >> thank you. >>> all right, we have got to talk about this bracelet. it is a beautiful bracelet. it is for breast cancer, it's 25% of the proceeds goes to the breast cancer. $75. >> put that on, hoda woman. >>> this is an unbelievable woman, helen hunt and john hawks literally bare their souls and a lot more. >> what's really going on. the critically acclaimed drama called "the sessions." right after this. unwrap your paradise. soft, sweet coconut covered in rich, creamy chocolate. almond joy and mounds. unwrap paradise. yep...doh. 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"the sessions" opens in new york and los angeles today. >> we're excited to have you two. >> the oscar buzz -- >> isn't that fun? >> you've won one, you've been nominated. good luck to you. >> all right, thanks for being with us. >> thank you. >>> coming up next, sara haines is going across the street. >> to do the side step and get the questions we want to answer. we sidestep them all the time, we never tell the truth. hoda does. >> stop talking. please, stop talking. okies. cookies are ready! can i have a cookie please? say thank you! ♪ you are exactly ♪ ♪ one of a kind ♪ ethan you're cooking away! ( dad ) thanks, ethan! who wants a pizza? i'm gonna cut the pizza. careful it's hot! what flavor is that ? lemon green! good job, ethan! ♪ clean up time clean up time ♪ ♪ clear the table make it shine! ♪ i'd like to thank eating right, whole grain, multigrain cheerios! mom, are those my jeans? 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>> this isn't a kids party, this is a halloween party for a stylish grownup. start with a dark table cloth, some orange place settings. these are really fun, fangs. >> what's more fun than fangs? >> that's a great one. >> for the center of the table, find really great orange and black halloween-themed candles. these great candleabra. >> looks expensive. >> totally not expensive. black papers would look nice. >> put a little skull, nothing more appetizing than that. >> all right, allison, what's next? >> we want it to be fun and kind of creepy. these are our specimen jars, which are just water, food coloring, a little milk to make them murky and throw the glow sticks in the bottom. >> what's this one right here? >> fennel, cabbage for brains. these are eyeballs. tell you how we made them in a minute. great centerpieces, white vases you have at home, orange flowers, any ribbon that matches. >> these are beautiful. >> these are even for your, you know, diy challenge. all it is is you're going to grab a paint brush, paint some white glue on, and sprinkle with glitter. we chose some sophisticated glitter colors. it makes such a style statement. they could be on your mantle, table. you could go ahead and throw some glitter on. >> i love to do this kind of stuff. >> get some glitter. >> i am getting the glitter, hoda, woman. >> choose a halloween theme like ghoul. >> nice. >> i'm sorry, i'm loving this. >> she's going to be here all day. >> i am. >> next part of the party -- >> go, you can't keep playing. >> really fun part, of course, your drinks. you can make these great drink stickers that warn your guests at the very beginning, drink if you dare. orange-flavored vodka, go ahead and make your drinks. >> it is orange-flavored vodka. >> please, start mixing your drinks. >> orange-flavored vodka, hoda. want some cubes? >> what are these cubes? >> ice cubes with black food coloring. these are great, your garnish are eyeballs. these are canned, strawberry preserves with a blueberry. >> that's clever. really clever. >> they are edible. >> excellente. >> you can also have these on thenest.com. >> okay, what's next? >> these are great other drinks for the rest of your guests. this is really fun, if you look inside, it's a head and green hands inside your punch. the green hand is simply filling colored water and freezing it inside of a surgical glove. and the head is a mask. you can duct tape the eyes and freeze them and put them inside. >> seems like an awful lot of trouble for people that are going to be drunk. >> spiced or virgin. >> look at these! >> these are spiked apple cider. >> it's an apple. >> can you see in. >> carve them out like a jack-o-lantern. >> i'm going to go back and finish. >> stay here. >> also want to feed your guests, so we came up with fun halloween themes. these are cookies. >> hoda, take a cookie. >> i was trying not to do sweets. >> they are butter cookies. these are a rack of ribs. >> what happened? >> in the middle is an apple and a knife, so it looks really scary. you can cut it up. >> that's awesome. >> what is this? >> yummy mummies, piece of sausage, meatball on top wrapped with fettuchini. great work. >> how's your finger? >> not great. >> thank you. >> back to the drinks. >>> essential oils that are actually good to put on your face right after this. >> i think i'll put the mummy back. i want to finish my pumpkin. think twice. with occasional irregularity, things your body doesn't use could be lingering in your system. but activia has been shown in clinical studies to help with slow intestinal transit when consumed 3 times per day. 7 out of 10 doctors recommend activia. and the great taste is recommended by me! ♪ activia and try new activia light. 60 calories and the only leading light yogurt with no added sugar. who emailed it to emily, who sent it to cindy, who wondered why her soup wasn't quite the same. the recipe's not the recipe... ohhh. 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>> all kinds of hair types, but vary how much you use it, depending how dry. next we're talking about almond oil. almond oil helps with anti-aging benefits. june jacobs makes a fantastic mois ch-- mois chewizer. you don't want anything too strong on your face. >> especially if you wear a perfume or something. >> exactly. my favorite body butter for the winter, it really gets in there deep, nourishes your skin head to toe. then i call this liquid gold. >> i got it on my nose. >> this is a hair oil. what's great about this, you can use it as a hot oil treatment, put a few drops in your regular conditioner or you can use it at the end to kind of condition your ends throughout the day. >> okay. >> okay, next oil is tea tree oil. >> really healing. >> really healing, antibacteria, this here is just their face wash, i love this, super gentle, very effective. ajava also makes a hand cream, fantastic as well. if you want a great shampoo for healthy, shiny, thick hair, jason makes this one. again, if you nourish your scalp, you're nourishing your hair. literally, the root of great hair. >> cute. >> right? 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>> she was the maid, packs and unpacks your bag. any event, said to be a lot of paranormal activity. they throw a huge halloween bash. if you're interested, book now. rates start at $169. >> what's the closest airport? >> denver. >> universal studios in florida. >> holidays is where they really shine. halloween is no different. they do it up right, and the lowe's royal pacific resort -- >> stop, finally. first mistake she has made in four and a half years. >> we're so glad. >> oh, oh, thank the lord. all right. >> thank you. >> let's try again. we give redemption around here. >> the resort puts together this huge package, so you can explore the amusement park, do the activities, then retreat to the hotel, 300-thread count sheets, gas fireplaces throughout. $200 per person per night, 90 degrees in october. if you're looking for a getaway, perfect weather. >> hollywood knows how to do it. >> this is a 95-room, recently renovated hotel right on 3rd, close to the beverly center, some of my favorite boutiques in l.a. it's a boo-tique hotel, you can go to a great party in west hollywood, have access to bloody brunch, great bloody mary, short ribs and hash. $289 a night. >> delicious. >> some people just want to look at the foliage and things. >> exactly, perfect spot in new jersey, cape may. perfect in the fall when you have incredible fall foliage. the virginia hotel puts together a great halloween package, so you can take a trolley through the town that's said to be haunted by a 5-year-old ghost named sarah. this is the most affordable hotel i'm talking about today, rates start at $140. they throw in the trolley tour, great halloween escape. >> awesome. >> the thing is, sara, never see her with a note in her hand. >> in her brain. so darn cute. >> i like her now. the woman has proven, finally, she's human. >> i'm glad. >> thank you, honey. >>> celebrating 50 years of great music. >> our friend frankie valli is on broadway. yes, we have an announcement. first, this is "today" on nbc. >>> hearing the first hit song. back in 1962. over 50 years ago. >> to help commemorate that anniversary, frankie valli is headed to broadway for a limited concert engagement singing anything from big girls don't cry to oh, what a night. >> happy to be here with you guys. >> we love you. i actually saw you perform recently for a benefit. and you were as enjoying it as much that night as 50 years ago. >> well, you know, sometimes i think about people and the occupations that they have, and what could be better than to be doing something that you absolutely love? >> nothing. >> for most of your life. >> stop, though, they don't. they say i'm going to enjoy the good life now. you're not doing that. >> this is the good life. >> amen. >> you know what's great? the fact that jersey boys, by the way, a show that most people have come to new york have seen, gave a second look at you, a generation probably wasn't as familiar, watch this and fell in love. did you ever think it would have these kind of legs? >> never. from the beginning when we started out and it was just a workshop, i thought it had something, and i was just happy to be able to get it to land on broadway. >> huge accomplishment. >> but to go as far as it has, i mean, there are six companies. >> all over the world. and i walk into our little "scandalous" every day, and there you are right across the street from us, and i go, please, god. >> tell us about what your show is going to be like. >> jersey boys is awesome, still. >> our show is going to be strictly music. we're going to be doing a lot of the songs that we had success with and people are coming out to hear and see, you know, so that's what we'll be doing. >> frankie, you're known for the falsetto, the amazing voice of yours, you still got it, unless you're faking it. are you still hitting those notes? >> just have so eat a lot of birdseed? >> birdseed? is that the magic? >> it's so cute to watch him up there. of course, you got new guys with you. >> yes. >> but the sound is the same. >> wow. and what do you notice, in terms of the audiences, the people now coming to see you, because you have a certain crowd. we have a security guard -- john. >> grab him. grab him. grab that security guard, come here, john. you know him every time you come here. he lives for the times that frankie valli comes -- >> hi, everybody. >> this is our big john, everybody. >> come here. >> sit right here. >> we love john. >> he's not mic'd. speak into my chest. tell me what you love so much about frankie valli and the four seasons. come on, tell the man why you love him so much. >> i can't see -- no. [ laughter ] i'll try to get them out of the way. go ahead, tell them. >> all the good memories from jersey and all over where i've seen them. many, many places. okay. >> had to do it. had to do it. you bring back a million memories for people. >> i got to go. >> bye, john. >> you're also making new memories. >> just having fun. basically, that's what entertaining is all about. >> sure is. >> we're out there entertaining. there's nothing slick about anything that we're doing. we are just having a great time. >> that magical three-letter word called fun. by the way, going to be made into a film now, right? >> right. >> jersey boys is going to be a movie, it should be. >> it's going to be a warner bros. distributing it. john fabro is directing it. >> good, he knows what he's doing. >> graham king productions. >> excellent! >> see frankie valli at the broadway theater starting tonight through october the 27th. >> guess who's coming to see us monday, live performance by barry manilow has an announcement. you think you're the only one? >> we have a lot coming up on monday. have a great weekend, everybody. >> awesome
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>>> good morning. again? word this morning that yet another row of seats came loose on a third american airlines flight. that plane forced to land. the company now taking at least eight planes out of service. what is going on? >>> deadly tragedy. dramatic pictures of a boat nose up after colliding with a ferry near hong kong. at boat was packed with families headed to a fireworks show, and with the death toll at 37, this morning crew members from both ships have been arrested. >>> and where did they go? can you spot what's missing from these photos from an ikea catalog? the answer, women. the story behind why they were erased and why ikea is apologizing today, tuesday, october 2nd, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a tuesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> and i'm david gregory in again this morning for matt. this is scary stuff. imagine you're on a flight when you're seat suddenly comes unhinged and starts sliding around a cabin. >> that's happened three times on an american airlines flight, most recently on monday on a flight from new york to miami. while no passengers were injured, the crew was forced to land to deal with that situation. coming up, the defect that could be causing the problem and what's being done to correct it. >>> lots of politics to talk about it on the eve of the first presidential debate. president obama and governor romney will spend the day preparing for the showdown what. message do they need to send to the undecided voters? none other than bill o'reilly is here to join us and to talk about his new book. >> looking forward to that. >>> what caused a nasty gharib on this killer whale at seaworld san diego? was it an accident or attack by other whales? a live report on that. >>> and your next oscar host, seth macfarlane. >> yes. >> his fans, and al roker are praising the pick, but some are wondering why the academy selected the creator of "family guy" who has been in only one film. we'll get into that debate. >>> and later we'll talk about it with today's professionals. >> do we sense what you feel about that pick? >> i'm still absorbing it. going to sit with it for a while. >> not emotionally prepared to talk about it. >> not yet. >> before we get to that lets check in with the day's top stories with natalie morales over at the news desk. >> good morning, everyone. we begin with trouble in the skies for american airlines as at least two separate 757 jets had to be diverted after several rows of seats came loose mid-flight, and six more planes are being inspected for the same problem. nbc's tom costello is on the ramp at miami international airport. tom, good morning. >> reporter: hi, natalie, good morning to you. the faa and the airline are both investigating this. we have two separate planes, and we're now hearing of yet another incident last week from a vale to dallas flight. however, the situation, exact same plane involved in a flight from boston to miami. the seats coming loose. mechanics thinking they fixed it, it shows up again, and as you can imagine this is all very bad timing for american airlines. it was a bumpier than normal ride for passengers on two separate american airlines flights. >> roger. got an unusual one for you. >> reporter: boston to miami flight had to detour to new york after several rows of seats came loose mid-flight. the pilot radioed air traffic control. >> roger. the reason, we don't know what kind of turbulence we have. the seat is loose, and we don't want that flying around and hurting the passengers behind them. >> reporter: then monday a new york to miami flight experienced something very similar, causing some passengers to miss their connections. >> it bothered us because now we wait for two days on our honeymoon. that's money. that's money. now we have to pay for food. we have to pay for everything else. >> reporter: both planes were 757s. mechanics had recently adjusted the seat placement. the airline says the track the seats fit into may be defective, and the airline says it's proactively inspecting six more 757s. no one was injured, but all of this, as american airlines struggles with a huge public relations problem. american's on-time arrival numbers plunged from 82% in september of 2011 to just 58% this september. compared to 86% at southwest and 88% at delta. american blames the slowdown on union pilots writing up trivial maintenance issues. the pilots blame the airlines' old planes, but travel experts warn the flying public is getting fed up. now, american airlines will not say whether it's pre-holiday bookings are down because of all of this, but the fol at farecompare.com say if this continues much longer you could see holiday bookings affected. one last note, natalie. there's no indication that anybody was injured or ever in any danger on these two flights. back to you. >> all right. good to know. tom costello there in miami this morning. thanks, tom. >>> six crew members have been arrested after a boat and a ferry collided in hong kong killing at least 37 people as they headed to a holiday fireworks display. it's hong kong's worst accident in more than a decade. the ferry did not sink, and it finished its journey after the collision. more than 100 people were rescued from the sinking boat and search and rescue efforts are still under way. >>> crews are working to repair damaged railroad tracks in california's central valley where at least 20 passengers were injured after a tractor trailer hit an amtrak train. two passenger cars and a locomotive were slammed off the tracks. investigators are working to determine if the crash was caused by driver error. >>> let's head to wall street and cnbc's mandy drury is at the new york stock exchange. mandy, what's this about american express paying back some of its customers. >> reporter: absolutely, natalie. listen up, if you have an american express card because amex will refund $85 million to 250,000 customers for allegedly deceiving and overcharging those card users. elsewhere, wall street yesterday kicked off the new quarter with a modest rally. we'll see if it can do the same again. and if you own apple stock, well, guess what october is the best month for that stock based on the past 20 years. back to you. >> all right. mandy drury at the new york stock exchange, thanks. >>> and what happened to the women? ikea is apologizing after its catalog in saudi arabia edited its female models out of the picture n.muslim, saudi arabia women must cover their bodies and hair and must have a man's permission to study or travel. ikea said the edits do not align wits company values. >>> it is now 7:07. back to savannah, david and al. they learned the hard way. can't take the women out. >> thanks so much. mr. roker, what can we expect with the weather? >> looking at wet wea expect with the weather? >> wet in florida and making its way to the north. we have strong storms to mansfield, ohio. tornadoes, wind gusts and heavy rain. it's from florida up to the northeast. it's going to continue today. rainfall amounts, going to be anywhere from one to two inches of rain. airport delays, philadelphia, washington, d.c., charlesston and airport delays as we get into the day. that's what's going on around the country, here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> good morning, i'm tom kierein. radar is showing a pocket of rain passing through the region now. the orange you see in prince william county is a moderate to heavy downpour heading to fairfax county in 20 minutes. elsewhere, throughout the day, occasional passing showers, maybe an afternoon or evening >>> and that's your latest weather. savannah. >> al, thanks. >>> now to tomorrow's highly anticipated debate between president obama and mitt romney. today both candidates are hunkering down for what could be a pivotal night in this race. chuck todd is nbc's political director and chief white house correspondent in denver tonight in place where the debate will take place tomorrow night. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. these candidates have each done four mock debates, mitt romney and president obama. they will each do one more today. it's more preparation than any two candidates have ever put in to general election presidential debates in the modern era of presidential politics. >> because i get the opportunity to introduce to you the next president of the united states, governor mitt romney. >> reporter: mitt romney landed in colorado monday night scoring the endorsement of denver broncos football legend john elway. >> what an honor, what a welcome and colorado welcome. thank you so much >> reporter: governor's first and only event ahead of tomorrow's big presidential debate was at a packed air and space museum in denver. >> people want to know who is going to win? who is going to score the punches? you know, in my view it's not so much winning andalusian or even the people themselves, the president and myself. it's about something bigger than that. >> reporter: still playing off the enthusiastic crowd, romney appeared to test out a few new zingers including this one on the keystone oil pipeline halted by the obama administration. >> by the way, i'm going to get that pipeline from canada if i have to build it myself. >> reporter: romney's running mate paul ryan was greeted by his family in iowa before kicking off a bus tour in dubuque where he emphasized the importance of the upcoming debates. >> we are entering the debate phase, the choice phase of this campaign, and this choice is ever so clear. >> reporter: president obama is hunkering down in nevada preparing for his one-on-one confrontation with romney, keeping a much more low key pre-debate schedule in a las vegas suburb. the president did make a brief appearance at a local campaign office where he delivered pizzas and called and thanked volunteers. >> the work that you're doing is making all the difference. >> reporter: and he joked about how he's preparing for the debate. >> basically they are keeping me indoors all the time. it's a drag. they are making me do my homework. >> reporter: while romney aides continue to play down expectations for the debate, new jersey governor chris christie continued to ramp them up on monday. >> it's a huge night. had a bad couple of weeks, and we want to turn this around, and if you want to turn it around, you've got to perform on the biggest stage. >> reporter: speaking of turning around, a slew of national polls have come out in the last couple of days all showing the same thing. mitt romney inching back up, only a few points behind, down anywhere from two to four points. what's interesting here about the numbers, savannah is, president obama's numbers sort of locked in place at 49. the fluidity is in mitt romney's number. >> chuck todd in denver this mornings thank you. >>> bill o'reilly is the host of "the o'riley factor" and author of the new book "killing camelot," in stores today. >> nice to see you. >> i've heard you say on your show polls don't really matter until after the debates which i take it to mean you do think these debates are incredibly important. >> from the very beginning i've said that because people don't really know who mitt romney is. the pressure is on the governor. he has to come across os a regular guy which i'm not sure he can do. has to kind of drop the facade of being a politician, all right? the president really basically just has to maintain his cool demeanor. they are both not going to say anything startling. you've heard it all before, if you pay attention, but it's the way that romney presents himself. it's like ronald reagan against jimmy carter. reagan was behind when he started to debate carter, but he made carter almost look small. reagan was larger than life. he came across as authoritative, yet accessible, and if i were rom anything, i'd be watching those reagan tapes every hour on the hour. >> the word on the street is that he has been doing a ton of preparation, of course, but also looking for zingers, one-liners to nail the president with. do you think that's a good idea? >> you know, look, i'm doing a debate with jon stewart on saturday in washington, and i'm sure stewart is going to have zingers all over the place, but if you come in with zingers, you sound stilted, all right. they have to just owe car to you, so if stewart says something dumb which is almost a given, i'm going to pop him, all right. but i don't know how, and so romney's got to have enough confidence in his intellectual acumen to get in there, but if he comes in with all this rehearsed stuff, he's just going to come across as a samb by. >> how do you feel about what the polls say right now? do you think romney is truly behind, or is that closer race than some would have us believe? >> i think romney is running a little bit behind but if he does well on wednesday night he's going to close the gap. look, romney has to look ahead. people know how they feel now. he can't say the president did this, that or the other thing. he has to say this is what i can do for you and make your life better. if he can do that, all right, and put the president on the defensive a few times, he'll gain. >> last thing on this, what do you think of the expectations game going on where each candidate is trying to outdo each other by complimenting each other's debating prowess? is this absurd or does it matter? >> like a football game, those people, play it down, tamp it down. it's all a game. you know that. >> let's talk about the book, "killing kennedy," a natural follow to "killing lincoln," and how did you feel about president kennedy and did that change over the course of the book? >> i was at chaminade high school over in long island and people don't know who john kennedy was. that's number one. after reading "killing kennedy," you'll know who the man is, both good and bad. we don't hold anything back. you'll know everything about him. and number two, they don't really know how he was killed, and we got access to the fbi agent who was assigned to lorna oswald. we know everything he did from the time he met marina in russia until the time he pulled the trigger. this is all new information. i think people will be stunned when they read it. it snaps your head back. >> you don't get into some of the conspiracy theories. is that because you don't think they are true and don't think evidence supports them or that's a whole other book and you weren't trying to write the book? >> the evidence supports themselves, savannah. my books are fact-based. we don't go off into that could have, might have happened. everything you read happened, and we got it from the fbi reports. we got it from people who were on the scene. no secondary stuff. oh, i saw that guy over there. none of that. and we tell the reader, when we don't know something, because there's one thing, this shadowy guy was around oswald who should not have been, i can't nail that down, but i tell the reader that. there's no doubt that oswald did kill ken >> i as you mentioned, you don't shy away from the fact that president kennedy had many infidelities. what did you come away believing about him? what was it in his character that made him do that? >> powerful men do that. you saw arnold schwarzenegger doing that, and he's crazy, by the way, for even doing that, powerful men pretty much do what they want, and that's -- john kennedy was very, very powerful, and he wanted to do these things, and he did. now, we write about them in the context of how they influenced how he ran the country. because they did. there was so much of it, but then there was a turning point. the death of his baby patrick, and i write about that extensively, and that turned kennedy and changed him. >> real quick before i let you go. that epic debate, the one with you and jon stewart. >> yes. >> what are you doing to prepare? >> taking a nap. it's going to be a lot of fun but i want people to know it's for charity. if you go to the rumble2012.com you can see it, five bucks there. he. is he is terrified, by the way, stewart is. look. you can see it. and we're doing this. stewart is a good man. we'll raise a lot of money for charity and we hope everybody checks it out. >> bill o'reilly, thanks you so much. >> nice to see you, savannah. >> the book "killing kennedy." watch the first presidential debate tomorrow night 9:00 eastern, 6:00 p.m. pacific. 16 minutes after the hour now, and here's david. >>> savannah, thanks. now on the trail and the high profile and expensive senate ration in massachusetts. i moderated a pretty tough debate between the candidates last night, and nbc's capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell was there as well. kelly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, david. it was must see here in massachusetts. this is the most expensive senate race. $53 million being spent by just the candidates who agreed to have no outside groups involved. now, there were thousand inside the arena, and many more outside here outside. the clash was loud. >> go, scott brown. >> reporter: and sometimes angry outside. >> you're delusional! >> reporter: inside the arena a tense duel between republican senator scott brown and harvard professor democrat elizabeth warren. >> excuse me, i'm not a student in your classroom, please let me respond, okay? thank you. >> reporter: led by moderator of "meet the press" david gregory who took on the candidates' nasty running battle and campaign ad war. >> professor warren got caught in a lie. >> reporter: whether warren used her native american heritage to gain any employment advantage with law school. >> do you consider yourself a minority? >> i listed myself as native american. i was listed there. it's part of who i am. >> reporter: brown argues that warren has not told voters why she switched between calling herself native american on applications. >> she changed her nationality to native american. >> reporter: and later referred to herself as white. >> at the pinnacle of her success when she became tenured at harvard she changed back to being white. >> are you hiding something? >> no, i'm not. i never used it for college, for law school or to get a job. >> reporter: to appeal to democrats who far outnumber republicans here, brown calls himself an independent thinker who works with president obama. >> of course i'm going to be proud to stand with the president. he is our president, and when he does something well, i praise him. >> reporter: but warren hit brown for raising money by tying his re-election to republicans gaining control of the senate. >> when senator brown talks here in massachusetts about how very bipartisan he is and how very independent he is, he's sure not saying the same thing when he goes around the country raising money. >> reporter: both candidates made awkward stumbles. warren was asked to name a republican senator she could work with. >> probably richard lugar would be one to come to mind. >> reporter: indiana's dick lugar is actually retiring. >> that is a problem. >> reporter: and brown, who is a lawyer, appeared unprepared for this. >> who is your model supreme court justice? >> after touting bipartisanship brown first named an ultra conservative. >> let me see here. that's a great question. i think justice cascalia is a vy good judge, justice kennedy. >> reporter: and for warren it's a challenge because massachusetts has never elected a woman to the senate or as governor. for brown, with his big election year turnout in a presidential year, it may be tougher for him as a republican. david? >> kelly o'donnell at umass lowell. thanks very much. >>> 7:19. once again, here's savannah. >> next year's academy awards could have a much different feel. seth macfarlane will host the ceremony. wondering why the guy picked a guy best known for his work on animated shows like "family guy" you're not alone. "e news" correspondent jason kennedy has more live from hollywood. jason, good morning. >> reporter: i'm outside the dolby theater in hollywood where seth macfarlane will host the oscars in february. this announcement came as a big surprise, since seth macfarlane has only made one movie, the hit film "ted." take a look. seth macfarlane's appearance as guest hose on the season premiere of "saturday night live" according to hollywood insiders may very well have cemented his choice as host of the 85th academy awards show. >> look, will you guys please stop fighting. oh, butt out. this is a private conversation. hey, can anybody get in on this? >> reporter: for the uninitiated that's macfarlane doing a rapid fire riff of cartoon voices from his irreverent tv hit "family guy" now in its 11th season. macfarlane is the creator, writer and producer of "family guy" and its successful spinoffs "the cleveland show" and "american dad." they are popular and controversial marked by violence, taboo subjects and taking aim at celebrities. >> a red guy, a boob and daniel day-lewis. and the oscar goes to a red guy. >> he's hugely popular among 18 to 24-year-old boys. they love him. the academy is constantly on a quest to get their audience, get it to reach a lower demographic, a younger demographic, and maybe this,will do it. we'll have to see. >> reporter: in making its choice the academy was quick to point out macfarlane's first movie, the summer hit movie "ted" about a teddy bear made a whopping $430 million. >> the name is sauvignon blanc. >> he does have reverance for the oscars and there's a fine line of pushing the envelope and not going too far in terms of offending anybody. ♪ i'm singing in the rain >> reporter: macfarlane is also a crooner of old american standards performing here in london and his skills as a host has already been tested. at last week's emmyys he was quick on his feet after missing his mark. >> oh, the mike's over there. this is what happens when you don't come to rehearsal. that's going to be on youtube. >> reporter: and i can confirm that was indeed on youtube. he told us in a statement, quote, i hope they find out i didn't host the charlie sheen roast. a good canned sglat jason kennedy in hollywood this morning, thank i. >>> just ahead, a killer whale suffers a serious gash at >>> just ahead, some of savannah's silly tips for eating bananas. >> after your local news. a lot of hershey's happiness in little drops of milk chocolate. and cookies n creme. pure hershey's. >>> good morning, 7:26 on this tuesday, october 2nd. i'm aaron gilchrist. in the news, nats fans, the weight is over. they are your national league east champions this morning. they lost to the phillies, but the braves also lost giving them the crown. they learned of the braves lost in the ninth inning, but had to wait until after the game to celebrate. tom kierein has the forecast. >> good morning. grab an umbrella. we have showers moving across the region. getting moderate to heavy downpours along 95 in southern fairfax county and on the prince william line. later today, showers with thunder and lightning, warm and humid and drying out after that. >> thank you. the >>> good morning. taking a trip eastbound 66 still seeing an accident involving a tractor trailer blocking the left shoulder lane at nutley. aaron? >> thank you. ♪ ♪ i tried playing it cool >> 7:30 now on this tuesday morning. it's the 2nd of october, 2012. and are you seeing what starts and becomes a huge production as dozens of people come together for one epic wedding proposal. we'll show it to you. i don't know how you proposed to your wife, david, but in this day and age you've got to put on a show. >> if it doesn't happen on youtube it doesn't. >> like a tree falling in forest. >> exactly. >> i'm savannah guthrie alongside david gregory in for paite. >> also ahead on a much different note, the search for a 73-year-old man wanted for murder. police believe he's hiding out in a popular state park here in new york and are warning visitors to be on alert. we're going to get details in a live report. >>> then today's professionals are in the house. well, two out of three anyway. star and donny will be joined by a special guest, and they will weigh in on some pretty hot topics. arnold schwarzenegger's pr campaign. >> i think donny is going to talk to the invisible chair. haven't i see this before? >> exactly. did that go well? i don't know. that in a few minutes. >> a different story that we'll begin this half hour with a killer whale injured during a performance at seaworld san diego. now a group of animal rights activists are demanding to know what happened. >> reporter: david, good morning. killer whales have also been a major attraction here, but now it's an injury to one of those whales that has peta filing a federal complaint with the usda. the pictures are hard to look at, according to peta. these photos were taken by a tourist on september 27th and show a deep penetrating gash on an 11-year-old orca whale at seaworld san diego. citing other pictures taken by a scientist this weekend peta claims the whale was hurt after an altercation with other whales and has filed a complaint with federal regulators against seaworld for housing orcas together that are incompatible. >> in the wild, orcas choose theropod members. they swim with their family n.captivity they are kept in such tight confinement they are forced to be with other animals they don't get along, so we understand from former trainer and whistle-blowers that acts of aggression are common. >> reporter: despite the large gash, seaworld says that the whale was treated right away by a park veterinarian after the incident on september 20th and is recovering with new tissue growing in. the park declined our requests for an interview but did release video of the whale swimming and eating at shamu stadium on monday. in a statement seaworld suggests the incident did not involve an altercation with other whales saying, quote, it is believed nakai's injury occurred when he came into contact with a portion of the pool environment. immediately prior to nakai sustaining the injury, he and two other whales were engaged in normal social behavior. the theme park's orca program has come under fire before. in 2010 a trainer was killed by nakai's father tilikum at seaworld, orlando offer the orca dragged her by her hair into the matter by her pony tail in front of spectators. federal regulators have band seaworld trainers from entering the water and seaworld says it has improved safety procedures. >> they swim in endless circles in chemically treated water for dead fish all for the entertainment of tourists and it's cruelty. >> reporter: seaworld says it treats the whales with utmost care and in its statement adds there is no organization in the world more committed to the physical, social and mental welfare of its animals than seaworld. despite that statement released by seaworld, peta says they will be here to protest at the park tomorrow. david? >> all right. miguel almaguer, thank you very much. now a check of the weather from al. >> all right. thank you so much, david. thank you. we've got a warm day to talk about out west. i mean, warmer than usual, even though we're in okay. going to feel a lot more like august. we've got a bigst. we have a big area of high pressure plus a low pressure system over southern california. those combine to make for dry, windy and very dangerous weather as far as fire weather warning and red flag warnings. fire weather watches from minnesota all the way to the pacific northwest. above normal temperatures for the month of october. below normal for the great lakes and the gulf coast and the southeast. as far as precipitation is concerned, a wet october along the eastern sea board, dry out west. not good news for the wildfire danger out there. that's what's going on around the country. >> good morning, i'm tom kierein with storm team 4 radar showing moderate rain to heavy rain passing south to north across northern virginia. southern and west fairfax county getting heavy downpours in the yellows and oranges as well as farther south in culpeper, they are advancing north into the metro area and passing into washington. maybe more off and on through the >>> and got some friends here from wlbt. you're the morning -- one of the morning folks. >> on the morning reporter. i'm visiting my friend allison. we're from chicago. she's on broadway. >> all right. congratulations. savannah. >> all right. al, thank you. >>> now to a week long manhunt in upstate new york for a man suspected of killing his own daughter-in-law. police believe he fled to a nearby state park and is now in hiding. mara schiavocampo joins us this morning. good morning. >> reporter: search teams have been looking for 73-year-old eugene palmer around the clock last week. found his truck here, but then the trail went cold. police think he's hiding in the woods, and they are worried about the public's safety. flyers bearing eugene palmer's face are posted around new york's harriman state park, a reminder for visitors to watch out for the man police say is armed and dangerous. locals, too, are staying away. >> i'm concerned, but i'm not like overly terrified, but i still don't want to be outside alone or anything. >> reporter: 73-year-old grandfather is accused of fatally shooting his daughter-in-law tammy palmer outside her home last monday. the 39-year-old mother of two. >> actually the victim is my daughter. she's 30 something years old. he doesn't deserve to be dead. >> reporter: tammy palmer had taken out an order of protection against her husband john palmer, a move that angered her father-in-law. the following day police found palmer's truck nearby and bloodhounds traced his scent to a campsite before the trail went cold. >> we've not found one piece of evidence other than finding his truck last week that suggests he's still here, but we will continue to look. >> reporter: now, a massive manhunt is under way with dozen of officers, dogs, even a helicopter scouring the sprawling 46,000 acre park for any sign of the fugitive. officials have closed the campground where palm scent was found and are advising people to stay out of the interior woodlands. >> hopeful to resolve this without anyone being hurt. >> reporter: a former truck driver, an avid huntsman and out doorsman, his family says he niese knows every inch of these woods. he has diabetes and recently survived a heart attack and surviving in this environment is hard and this week officials sent out cadaver dogs. >> a difficult place to survive. he's been out there seven days. if he is still here, he'd have to be very adaptable to these types of conditions in order to survive that long. >>> now a majority of the park is still open. officials who come to the park, be careful. >>> a look behind the scenes at one of the nation's busiest airports, right after this. i've discovered gold. 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>> because i just do. >> i remember that story. >> reporter: one of the best known cases actress mary lou henner whose memory stunned meredith vieira. >> remember the last time we saw each other? >> i don't. >> back stage at a theater, and it was saturday, november 11th of 2006, and -- and it was -- >> really, was i sober? >> yes. >> reporter: accuracy in these cases is mind-boggling. >> march 5th was a monday. i got some spaghetti, and i got some rice and i got some vegetables, but i didn't get any gravy cheese. i don't know how i do it. it's just there. >> reporter: mary lou says she can remember as far back as her own baptism and gave one of the best descriptions of this ability. >> it really is like selected scenes on a dvd, and it lines up left to right kind of in a chronological order, and it's like the year will come in but some days will come in more vividly than others. >> reporter: aurelian can map out entire months and years. jill drew what her memory feels like. not quite how your brain works. you are right. brain scans of these super humans show real differences. >> you're using a lot of visual area. >> reporter: blessing or a curse depends. >> there's not one day when i'm not thinking about something 20 years ago that means nothing today but still bothers me or upsets me. it really is as if it was yesterday. >> reporter: for young arelian it's pretty cool. >> now i know it's something special. i think i'll sort of value it. >> reporter: the brain scans show some parts of their brains are bigger, differently shaped than the rest of us but even this stunning autobuy grafr call moment does not help with their short-term memory, like where your car keys are. >> what good is that? 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